Utilities and pandemic planning: How we keep the lights on when the unthinkable happens

POWER GRID INTERNATIONAL | Providing reliable power to customers and serving communities are a cornerstone to the functioning of electric companies. Whether it is inclement weather, cyber threat or a global pandemic, business continuity plans and response are essential for delivering on the promise to serve. Power industry leaders provide resiliency in such times through careful planning, preparation and response guidelines. With the current pandemic threat posed by COVID-19 the challenges are new and unprecedented (Fig.1).Unlike a natural disaster that generally affects a geographical area and has underlying forecasts, the footprint of a pandemic encompasses a wide, dispersed region making it more challenging.

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