Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg Electric authorities assure continued service despite impending cold

Regional energy supplier Yekaterinburg Electric announced on Wednesday that it is not expecting any service disruptions in the coming week, despite a forecast of extreme cold temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to reach minus seven degrees Fahrenheit this weekend, which will result in an increase of 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption, Ekburg.ru reports.

"This means that the cooling of one degree increases the load on our network of approximately 85,00 kilowatt-hours," Yekaterinburg Electric Head of Transport Electricity Andrey Koshkin said, according to Ekburg.ru. "However, our experts forecast [that] reducing the temperature by one degree increases pressures on the network to 95,000 to 130,000 kilowatt-hours."

Koshkin further noted that the network's maximum capacity threshold remains above the forecast usage statistics.

"The risk of network congestion occurs when the average temperature is around minus [four and 13] degrees [Fahrenheit and] lasts a long time, at least a week," Yekaterinburg Electric spokesperson Evgeny Maltsev, according to Ekburg.ru. "Then the townspeople, especially the owners of private houses, start massively using electric heaters. Therefore, the network load increases significantly. With the sharp, but short-term cold weather that we have seen, [there will be no] threats to the power supply of consumers due to increased load on the network."