While electric utilities and the EIA have put out statistics regarding electricity consumption during COVID -19, this is a more detailed look at how it affected consumption in NYC. This is a big data project that could very well shape future grid planning. According to the researchers, who are from the US and China, mobility in the retail sector—defined as daily visits to retail establishments—is an especially significant factor in the reduction of electricity consumption seen across all major U.S. regional markets. "By comparison, the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases does not seem to have a strong direct influence on changes in electricity consumption," the article states. As demand response becomes increasingly prevalent on the grid, such analyses could change the way we approach future planning for pandemics at utilities
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