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COVID-19 and The Power Grid

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Electricity: Grid Overseer Issues Warning On Coronavirus

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), whose membership includes all investor-owned U.S. power companies have told their members to prepare contingency plans for their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This latest news is added to a chorus of warnings from federal and private organizations engaged in discussions focused on how to protect the grid from disruption, if the virus infects the system operators.

The EEI in a bulletin to its members said companies could see as much as 40% of their employees become ill due to the coronavirus.

Many will be working from home, and that is especially risky, as often home networks are less secure than corporate offices. This means that a hacker aiming to get into a network could find an easier attack path from a home office.

The coronavirus outbreak is starting to warp power grid patterns, with weekday demand, predicted to resemble typical weekend days as offices and schools close and more employees work remotely.

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