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Ukraine’s latest need: 50 million LED bulbs to alleviate energy deficits

(Reuters) – While Kiev’s allies pledged more than $1 billion in aid on Tuesday, they also pledged energy-saving LED light bulbs to ease power outages and help Ukraine weather the frigid winter months as Russia batters the country infrastructure.

They made the promise at a global meeting, hosted by France, to discuss what could be offered between now and March to maintain water, food, energy, health and transportation during Ukraine’s typically frigid winter.

The European Commission said it would provide up to 30 million light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said 50 million such bulbs would significantly reduce the country’s energy deficit.

LED bulbs use an average of 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

“I hope other partners will follow us,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at the conference.

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He added that the energy savings from a full deployment of 50 million LED bulbs in Ukrainian homes would amount to one gigawatt of electricity, equivalent to the annual output of a nuclear power plant.

Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since October, destroying or damaging half of it.

Ukraine’s Economy Minister Yulia Svyridenko said that a free program for people to exchange LED bulbs will soon be introduced, which will ultimately help reduce power consumption by 7-10% at peak times.

“On the one hand, we are increasing the production and distribution of energy,” Svyridenko said in a statement. “And on the other hand, we are implementing energy efficiency measures that can help us survive the winter and reduce energy consumption.”

(Written by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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