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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This page displays all of the information that we have collected about COVID-19 and it’s impact on the energy industry.


TVA board votes to extend $220M pandemic recovery credit into FY 2022

The TVA Board of Directors took action at its meeting last week to further extend support to communities, businesses, and people across the region challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, approving an extension of the Pandemic Recovery Credit through fiscal 2022.

NERC: U.S. power sector strong, yet increasingly susceptible to weather, cyber threats

The nation’s bulk power system faced massive challenges over this past year, including a deadline winter storm in the southwest and devastating wildfires, heat waves and tropic storms elsewhere. The power sector certainly failed in...
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UK smart meter installations hit lowest level since 2016

According to data released by UK IT service management firm Electralink, the country’s smart meter installation dropped by 27% in 2020 compared to 2019 as a result of COVID-19.

Why security and openness are key to driving value from smart utilities

From the ashes of a potentially catastrophic event, global providers are already plotting the way to a brighter future –using smart technology to reduce costs, streamline processes and meet sustainability goals. The key going forward will be to align on open, interoperable platforms that offer security, reliability and predictability.

Coronavirus crushed U.S. clean energy workforce in 2020; 400K-plus jobs still lost

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only devastated the U.S. health care system, but it’s taken a long-lasting direct hit on the nation’s once healthy clean energy industry. A new report by BW Research Partnership indicates...

COVID-19, smart meters and new “first responders” on the grid

With widespread AMI in place, when the virus hit and outer borough and suburban energy use started spiking, residential DR was finally an option in the country’s largest electricity market.

COVID-19 slows US energy efficiency sector despite increase in policy adoption

Despite an increase in the number of US states adopting energy efficiency codes/laws or setting ambitious energy-saving targets, COVID-19 has slowed overall market growth in 2020, according to a new study released by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE).
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EU unveils revamp of cybersecurity rules days after hack

The European Union unveiled Wednesday plans to revamp the 27-nation bloc’s dated cybersecurity rules, just days after data on a new coronavirus vaccine was unlawfully accessed in a hack attack on the European Medicines...

DISTRIBUTECH, POWERGEN International, and Leadership Summit postponed until 2022

In light of both current governmental direction and general public health advisories, delivering a large-scale face-to-face event is not possible at this time. Because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, POWERGEN...

Fieldwork in a COVID world: Lessons from Eversource in protecting customers and contractors

At the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Eversource, New England's largest energy provider, made the tough call to suspend all in-person energy-efficiency work for the safety of both customers...