Challenges of operating a grid during a pandemic

SMART ENERGY INTERNATIONAL | Overnight, COVID-19 lockdowns have transformed our economies and societies. Factories were quiet; shops shuttered, offices were empty as people stayed at home to stop the spread.


The IEA’s most recent report reveals that global electricity demand dropped by 2.5% in Q1 2020, but it’s masking far greater falls in specific countries and since the lockdown.

Demand drops have been most pronounced in countries with large service sectors and strict lockdowns.


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