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The impact of #covid19 on all-Ireland's electricity demand.

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The impact of #covid19 on all-Ireland's electricity demand is investigated. 
The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Announced that schools, colleges, childcare facilities are closed until 29 March over Covid-19) are compared with their similar days in the last month. The graphs show that the peak demand is slightly reduced and also shifted.

Some observations:

  • A longer period of data might be required to make a conclusion 
  • It would be beneficial if the percentage of the residential, governmental, commercial loads are known 
  • The impact of lockdown on market prices can be also investigated if market data is available for these periods. 
  • The work-from-home can influence the demand behavior (only on working days) 
  • The initial lockdown days might not be the same as the upcoming days (due to consumer behavior)

 

 

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Matt Chester on Mar 16, 2020

The work-from-home can influence the demand behavior (only on working days) 

This is defintiely one that will be worth watching across different countries/regions. Usually it's all the laundry/cooking/EV charging etc. devices being turned on at once, but will those be spread out more evenly throughout the day since people are in the home? And if the WFH experiment opens up more WFH opportunities across industries, will that help (in a more minor way) flatten peak demand?

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