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AP: US to allocate $125 million to help Ukraine fix energy grid
The U.S. intends to provide $125 million to Ukraine to help electric repair crews in Ukraine, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) representative Samantha Power told the Associated Press on Jan. 18.
USAID reportedly plans to use the money to buy backup power for the Ukrainian capital’s water, district-heating systems, gas turbine supplies, and transformers.
The current rate of electricity generation covers only three-quarters of the country’s consumption, the state-owned electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo said on Jan. 18.
Emergency shutdowns have been applied to eight regions, including Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Cherkasy, the company added.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ukraine’s energy system has survived ten mass missile attacks and several unmanned aerial vehicle strikes on energy facilities.
Russia also occupies Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Zaporizhzhia Thermal Power Plant, Luhansk Thermal Power Plant, Vuglehirskaya Thermal Power Plant, and Kakhovska Hydroelectric Power Plant, putting a substantial strain on Ukraine’s energy system.