Despite Frequent Power Cuts, Russian Authorities in Crimea Say Electricity Supply Is 'Stable'

Russian authorities in Crimea provided three straight hours of electricity to homes and called the power supply situation ‘completely stable.’ The press service reported on January 24th that industry works and that the supplied power came to 48 megawatts. The power supply priorities have changed.

In the past, homes were disconnected from the electrical grid three times a day for 2 hours at a time. This was a problem because heavy frosts—17 degrees below zero—plagued Crimea.

On the 30th of December 2015, Ukrainian power supplies were halted after Ukrainian activists blew up transmission pylons in the Kherson region. The power transmission line has been repaired but the supply of electricity was still halted because the supply contract had expired. Now, Crimea is supplied by its own power generation, generating sets from Russia and the Kuban-Crimea energy bridge.

“Crimea is facing extremely challenging conditions of energy hunger. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that almost a quarter of the electricity flow, which is supplied by the energy bridge from the Krasnodar region, is lost in Crimean electricity grids,” the head of Krymenergo, Viktor Plakida said. The expert said that the cause of electric power losses is due to faulty construction of power grids.

  Crimea, Crimean blockade, Ukraine