As a result of the energy terror, Ukraine's generating capacity has been halved, which is why Ukrainian power plants will be able to produce only a third of the pre-war electricity in winter. This is reported by The New York Times.
"The plants are generating 4.5 gigawatts of electricity this winter, a third of the country's pre-war output, according to UN data," it says.
The publication notes that the situation looks especially bad for thermal power plants, which are one of the main elements of Ukraine's energy balance.
The article emphasizes that in general, Ukraine's generating capacity has halved compared to the pre-war level.
"However, Ukraine has significantly increased its ability to shoot down Russian missiles and drones before they get close to the power grid. It now has powerful air defense systems, and Ukrainian officials say fortifications have been built around critical energy facilities," The New York Times added.
It is worth noting that yesterday it was reported that due to the cold weather, the country is already experiencing a shortage of electricity and blackout schedules for 1-2 hours may be introduced. But today, Ukraine is warming up, and as a result, the electricity shortage has disappeared.
"Today (November 24), the warming has reduced the level of consumption. The morning maximum on November 24 was 6.5% lower than on November 23. However, forecasters warn of a new cold wave on Sunday, so please continue to consume carefully," the power company said.
The Ministry of Energy assures that massive power outages will only begin in the event of serious damage to the power grid - due to Russian shelling or weather conditions (for example, snow accumulation or strong winds). At the same time, the cold snap itself, although it will put additional strain on the grid, will not lead to blackouts.