Efforts to mitigate the health impacts of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has already had a large impact on the power sector around the globe. According to data from the International Energy Agency , lockdown measures have reduced electricity demand, on average, by 20% per month in countries under full lockdown as decreases in commercial and industrial demand outstripped increases in residential demand. Daily electricity demand fell by at least 15% in China, France, India, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the share of renewables in the electricity mix has risen, while demand for coal, natural gas, and nuclear power has fallen.
This webinar will explore the impacts of COVID19 on electricity use in the power sector, globally and discuss the short term implications of both decreases in demand and shifts in demand profiles. What will utilities need to do to ensure continued reliability in the power system? Will these impacts accelerate or hinder progress toward decarbonizing the power sector? Is this an opportunity or a risk for investment in critical power sector infrastructure?
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Dr. Melissa Lott is a Senior Research Scholar and Lead of the Power Sector Research Initiative at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She has worked as an engineer and advisor for more than 15 years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. While her work has spanned the entire energy system, Dr. Lott is internationally recognized for her work in the electricity and transportation sectors. For her research and contributions to global energy sector dialogues, Dr. Lott has been featured as a Solar 100 Thought Leader, an IEEE Women in Power, and a Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy.
Ms. Anna Shpitsberg - Director, Global Power at IHS Markit
Mr. Christian Zinglersen - Director, EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
Kevin Tu is a senior advisor at Agora Energiewende, an adjunct professor at the School of Environment of Beijing Normal University, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Prior to September 2018, Tu had served various positions including China program manager at Paris-based International Energy Agency, director of China Energy & Climate Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC., partner at a Vancouver-based premier energy consulting firm, director of marine operations at China's largest LPG importer and distributor, and construction project manager at Sinopec, a Chinese national oil company. Tu has more than two decades of solid experience in the energy and environmental fields in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe, his research interests cover the full spectrum of energy issues including fossil fuel value chains, energy transitions, energy sector reforms as well as climate change, with a focus on U.S.-China relations and EU-China relations, and their implications for China's energy & climate policies. Tu obtained a master of resource & environmental management from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and a bachelor of chemical & mechanical engineering from Zhejiang University in China.