Article | April 8, 2020

What COVID-19 Means For Electrical Utilities

Source: Zinier
COVID 19 Coronavirus

Our world runs on power.

That reality has never been more evident — or starkly presented — than in the last three months, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world and forces billions of people indoors.

From the Via Del Corso in Rome to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, public spaces that once bustled with activity are now empty as we try to slow the virus’ spread.

We binge-watch our favorite TV shows. We browse the internet for updates — or a moment’s distraction. We work from home and check in with friends and loved ones.

All of these activities rely on a steady flow of power. And the field service teams responsible for keeping our society moving forward.

Keeping the lights on during a pandemic

Unlike most industries, utility companies don’t have the option of shutting down and waiting out the worst of the pandemic.

Utilities are one of the 16 industries labeled as “critical infrastructure” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As people stock up and hunker down, utility companies are working around the clock to deploy contingency plans and maintain service.

Unfortunately, the industry is not immune to the effects of the virus — or the potential for workforce disruptions and shortages.

According to a recent report by the Edison Electric Institute, up to 40 percent of utility employees could be out sick, quarantined, or at home caring for sick family members as the pandemic spreads.

Signing up provides unlimited access to:
Signing up provides unlimited access to:
  • Trend and Leadership Articles
  • Case Studies
  • Extensive Product Database
  • Premium Content

Not yet a member of Field Technologies Online? Register today.

Please fill in your account details
Login Information
I'm interested in newsletter subscriptions.


Sign up for the newsletter that brings you the industry's latest news, technologies, trends and products.

You might also want to: