NEURC did not take into account the objective factors that prevent distribution companies from providing services to consumers, the former minister said.
The National Commission for State Regulation in the Spheres of Energy and Utilities (NKREKU) did not consider objective factors when imposing fines on energy companies in the region for non-compliance with power outage schedules. This opinion was expressed by the former Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Alexei Orzhel on the Espresso TV channel.
“‘The regulator, he is also a political body, which today imposes fines on these companies. There are objective realities, there are objective factors that they really will not be able to supply electricity to the consumer if the 330 kV, 35×10 kV substation is completely destroyed.’ That is, these substations are immediately restored almost impossible,” he said.
Orzhel stressed that it takes time to restore the energy facilities damaged by the invaders, and now power engineers are trying to reconnect consumers to provide them with electricity according to schedule.
It will be recalled that the regulator fined five oblenergos for not complying with the closing schedules, five more await their fate at the next NEURC meeting.
Earlier today, Ukrenergo reported increasing power shortages in Ukraine.
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