Electricity Data: Not Such Early Birds After All

May 6th 2020

Data of the European power market show how our daily routine has changed during COVID-19 quarantine.

Life in lockdown means getting up late, staying up till midnight and slacking off in the afternoons.
That’s what power market data show in Europe in the places where restrictions on activity have led to a widespread shift in the daily routines of hundreds of millions of people. It’s a similar story wherever lockdowns bite. In New York, electricity use has fallen as much as 18% from normal times at 8 a.m. Tokyo and three nearby prefectures had a 5% drop in power use during weekdays after Japan declared a state of emergency on April 7, according to TESLA, an energy forecaster.

Italy’s experience shows the trend most clearly since the curbs started there on March 5, before any other European country. Data from the grid operator Terna SpA gives a taste of what other places are also now starting to report.


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Laura De Deurwaerder Integrated Brand Strategist Bloomberg & TBWA\Backlash

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