IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON POWER SYSTEMS OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- Jan 27, 2021 11:07 pm GMT
In the power industry, the direct effects of COVID-19 including the consequent social isolation applied as mitigation measure resulted in a reduction of field services in general, specifically maintenance services. In many cases services have been postponed or extended in time to completion. The direct effect of this could be an increased risk of equipment failure.
On the other hand, the verified reduction of system load, between 10% and 30% of the load before pandemic, helps to keep service continuity under control. As a consequence of load reduction, energy prices in general dropped causing unexpected financial problems for Generation Companies, Energy Traders, TSO´s and Distribution utilities.
Having this unusual scenario in mind CIGRE Study Committee A3 – Transmission & Distribution Equipment collected information worldwide from relevant sources, compiled and distributed a questionnaire dedicated to transmission and distribution utilities, as well as HV equipment manufacturers to investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their daily business and measures taken to overcome the problems faced. The compilation of the collected information together with the experience of the authors on going along with the effects of pandemics on their working life are compiled and presented in this paper.
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