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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.

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National EPRI survey gauges consumer views on energy utilities during COVID-19

A national Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) survey on utility customer perceptions during COVID-19 (coronavirus) found that while customers are using more electricity and expecting greater utility assistance during the pandemic, very few are contacting utilities for help...

Pandemic highlights the need for smarter, more adaptable cities

The coronavirus pandemic is a new experience for every one of us. It has changed life as we know it — at work, at home and for public interactions. As some countries start to...

Why the time is right for FERC to issue a NOPR on peaking power...

With the majority of the country's workforce at home and most businesses and industries either operating at reduced capacity or temporarily shut down, COVID-19 has reduced electric demand across the board. This unprecedented drop...
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In Minnesota, an innovative virtual approach to home energy inspections

The Home Energy Squad is using surveys, photos and live video to help homeowners identify efficiency improvements.  Armed with her cellphone, Ellen Biales spent an hour last month transmitting video of her St. Paul home...
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Energy startups find positivity in pandemic

Last month, I had the pleasure of chatting via phone call with five stakeholders from our Initiate startup program in the US. I was curious to find out what the impacts of COVID-19 feel like for...

Utility supply chain cybersecurity is focus of Trump’s latest executive order

On Friday, May 1, the U.S. President declared a national emergency related to the cybersecurity of the bulk power system, saying that certain components that are used in the grid could represent threats to national security because...
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COVID-19 slows meter market, accelerates software spend

Total smart meter shipments from 2019-2025 could fall by as much as 28% due to COVID-19 (worst-case scenario). At the same time, however, COVID-19 could drive more spend than ever before on "Ëœbeyond-the-meter' software...
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Avangrid Foundation announces recipients of $1M grants; commits additional $500,000 for COVID-19 response and...

The Avangrid Foundation, the independent, philanthropic arm of AVANGRID, Inc. announced $1 million in grants to nonprofit partners and community relief funds as part of a commitment to aid with COVID-19 (coronavirus) relief and recovery across the...
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Against headwinds, Connecticut lays out path to put more electric vehicles on the road

The state has committed to deploying 125,000 to 150,000 electric vehicles by 2025, but progress this year will be tough. A state report released last month sets out a pathway for getting at least 10...
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Understanding where low-income utility customers reside and reaching them

The need for utilities to help their most vulnerable customers and take a human-centric approach to day-to-day operations has never been more critical than now, as we face the multi-layered challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.  Many...