COVID-19 Gave Us a Glimpse of the Future Grid

By [email protected] Last March, lockdowns swept across Europe, forcing an eerie silence on some of the world’s most iconic and bustling cities. It caused a steep drop in electricity consumption — putting pressure on thermal generators and giving renewables a greater share of the generation mix.

“All of that has really provided us a bit of a glimpse of the future to a time where we will have much more flexible supply on the system and renewables will be consistently taking a much greater share of the market,” says Tom Heggarty, a principal analyst at Wood Mackenzie.

The COVID-19 crisis proved that the European

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