IEEE Shares Global Findings for the Power and Energy Industry in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

IEEE Power and Energy Society identifies critical impacts on the global electrical grid and provides steps to help ensure grid reliability and human safety

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – 28 May 2020 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, 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  meet 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
  • 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
  • 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. 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,” said Aleksi Paaso, IEEE PES member, and director, Distribution Planning, Smart Grid and Innovation at ComEd, who is the lead author of the white paper.

The free white paper is available for download to all—IEEE members and non-members—at the IEEE PES Resource Center.

Co-Authors' Quotes:

“The global power and energy industry united behind a shared goal of maintaining peak power grid performance during these challenging times, while also prioritizing the health and safety of the dedicated employees who are keeping the lights on throughout this pandemic,”
Shay Bahramirad, vice president of New Initiatives, IEEE PES, and vice president, Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd.

“The collaboration from energy experts across the globe has resulted in a unique document that serves as an important resource for addressing the complex issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for all the individuals who have given their time and expertise to share their invaluable knowledge,”
Damir Novosel, chair of the IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee, and president, Quanta Technology.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the global energy sector. Our ability to share experiences in the Latin America region with colleagues around the world increases awareness of the latest operational best practices to keep the electricity flowing to our citizens,”
Juan Carlos Montero, IEEE PES vice president of Membership and Image, and Electric Operational Planning coordinator at Costa Rican National Power Control Center (CENCE).

“IEEE is uniquely positioned to mobilize and coordinate global collaboration amongst diverse energy experts from around the world to document how the electric industry is keeping the lights on during COVID-19,”
Jef Beerten, member of the IEEE PES ITS Leadership Committee, IEEE European Public Policy Committee, and assistant professor, KU Leuven & EnergyVille.

“By sharing practical steps in response to COVID-19, the world’s energy experts can tap into utilities’ well-established emergency policies and processes for maintaining stable operation of critical electricity infrastructure and keeping essential services running,”
Dr. Lawrence Jones, senior member, IEEE PES, and vice president, Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

“IEEE PES has played a pivotal role and quickly engaged the global community to share practical methods being implemented around the world that address the challenging circumstances caused by COVID-19, thus ensuring the resilience, safety, security and reliability of the energy sector,”
Nirmal Nair, IEEE PES Long-Range Planning: chair of Education Sub-Committee, PES Distinguished Lecturer Program coordinator, and associate professor, University of Auckland.


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