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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.

Efficiency businesses consider an uncertain future with COVID-19

Sidelined by virus fears and shelter-in-place orders, efficiency contractors hope to bounce back after the crisis.  The following story includes reporting from Frank Jossi, Kathiann M. Kowalski, Kari Lydersen, Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Prevost, David Thill,...
SCE Powerlines

SCE insulating power lines to prepare for wildfire season

Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility company based in California, announced that it will begin insulating power lines in Valencia in preparation for the wildfire season. The work has been deemed critical and the utility said the...
NYISO

New York grid operators volunteer to sequester from outside world

TheNew York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has had a Pandemic Response plan in place for more than 20 years but thankfully, it has never had to use it. Until now. Last week senior leadership at NYISO determined that...
Donation

NRG Energy pledges $2 million for COVID-19 relief

NRG Energy this week pledged $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, with support directed to first responders, community relief funds and teachers. The company said it would be making charitable contributions, including cash and urgently needed safety equipment. NRG's community-based...
Medical

PSEG supports medical facilities with maintenance and service upgrades during COVID-19

PSEG Long Island announced its crews will work to bolster the electric service, and increase maintenance, to hospitals and some temporary facilities on Long Island and the Rockaways, during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We appreciate the urgency of the situation...
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Virginia advocates plan to jumpstart electric school bus debate next year

Legislative proposals to put more electric school buses on the road failed this session but will likely be revived for 2021.  Attempts to expand on Dominion Energy's pilot program to connect electric school buses to...
Think Positive

U.S. utilities take action to help mitigate severe impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

Over the past few weeks, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG), Entergy, Portland General Electric (PGE), The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) and Tennessee Valley Alternative Energy (TVA) have all announced actions...

ResilientGrid launches COVID-19 Quick Start Remote Visualization program for utility operators

ResilientGrid this week announced the launch of the COVID-19 Quick Start Remote Visualization program, which it says is designed to quickly and efficiently extend a utility's important operation center data to their remote employees. With the global...

Live webinar series – COVID-19: Utility Crisis Management

Webinar broadcast series Asia-Pacific – 6 April 2020 06h00 GMT | 14h00 (UTC+8)Europe – 7 April 2020 13h00 GMT | 14h00 (CET)USA – 8 April 2020 15h00 GMT | 11h00 (UTC+4)Africa – 9 April 2020...

Five ways COVID-19 could derail renewables

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word "Ëœcrisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity."- John F. Kennedy Just when renewable generation appeared ready to take-off, the coronavirus hit. COVID-19...