PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is committed to supporting a global response to COVID-19. A freely available new IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) white paper titled "Sharing Knowledge on Electrical Energy Industry’s First Response to COVID-19," draws upon input from global energy industry stakeholders in an effort to share insights to assist utilities and operators in meeting emerging challenges.      

“The COVID-19 pandemic shows how, now more than ever, the reliable, resilient, and cost-effective delivery of electrical energy is critical for our society,” said Frank Lambert, president IEEE PES, and principal research engineer at Georgia Tech’s Center for Distributed Energy. “The team’s quick action to share knowledge on the industry’s first response is helping to ensure the reliable and safe distribution of electricity to communities worldwide.”

The IEEE PES Industry Technical Support (ITS) Leadership Committee provides support to and cooperates with governments, regulators, and other industry organizations globally on technical issues related to power, energy, and policy topics. The following technical and business impacts have been included:

  • Resource availability to assure essential services;
  • Criticality of electric infrastructure, reliability, and resilience impact;
  • Supply chain disruptions;
  • Impact on energy consumption and peak demand;
  • Modification of consumption patterns;
  • Market reliability and generation mix; and
  • Mid- to long-term impacts.

In response to those impacts, the following mitigation measures and practices were surveyed:

  • Control centers;
  • Field operations: work prioritization and staffing;
  • Customer operations and office staff;
  • Resilience and supply chain measures;
  • Mitigating technical issues; and
  • Other practices.

“The technical impacts and mitigation measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic provide sound guidance for utilities facing changes in consumption patterns and peak energy demand times,” said Aleksi Paaso, IEEE PES member and director of distribution planning, smart grid, and innovation at ComEd, who is the lead author of the white paper. “This work by IEEE PES members to address concerns, such as high voltage issues related to load reductions, load forecasting and balancing, emergency planning, and more, benefits the power and energy industry as a whole,”

The free white paper is available for download at the  IEEE PES Resource Center