Energy Industry Day Date in the current year: December 22, 2016

Energy Industry Day Energy Industry Day, also known as Day of Energy Industry Workers or Power Engineer's Day, is a professional holiday celebrated in some post-Soviet states on December 22. It is observed in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan.

Energy Industry Day was first established by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union in 1966 to commemorate the adoption of the GOELRO plan in 1920. It was the first ever Soviet plan for national economic recovery and development. GOELRO is a Russian abbreviation that stands for “State Commission for Electrification of Russia”.

The electrification plan was drafted by the Commission and approved by the 8th Congress of Soviets on December 22, 1920. Originally, Energy Industry Day was celebrated exactly on the anniversary of the adoption of the plan. In 1998, its celebration was moved to the third Sunday in December. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, some former Soviet republics retained the holiday and moved it back to December 22. However, Kazakhstan continued to celebrate Energy Industry Day on the third Sunday in December.

Day of Energy Industry was established to recognize the contributions of energy industry workers to the economic development, improvement and maintenance of the daily life of the population.

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