The UK’s energy networks have said they are well-prepared to ensure electricity and gas flows are unaffected by the impact of coronavirus.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s electricity and gas network companies, stressed there are “well-practiced contingency plans” in place and that robust measures to protect control rooms and contact centres had already been implemented.
“To provide additional resilience, engineers have been trained across multiple disciplines and backup centres exist should operations need to be moved if, for example, deep cleaning is required,” it said.
National Grid ESO expects demand to reduce in the event of long-term mass self-isolation of the UK’s workforce, mainly due to a fall in industrial and commercial demand, which would likely be greater than the increase in domestic demand as people stay at home.
David Smith, Chief Executive of the ENA, said: “The UK’s electricity and gas network is one of the most reliable in the world and network operators are working with the authorities to ensure that their contingency plans are reviewed and delivered in accordance with the latest expert advice.
Meanwhile the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said it is vital the green energy transition should not be thrown off track by the coronavirus emergency.
Executive director Fatih Birol said the challenge of climate change and global emissions must not be compromised by the “severe but likely to be temporary” impacts from the pandemic.