Despite the unprecedented circumstances caused by the Corona pandemic – in particular the sharp drop in electricity consumption – electricity transmission throughout Europe is proceeding trouble-free and the transmission system operators (TSOs) maintain grid stability and security of supply. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has made explicit reference to this, emphasising the commitment of the TSOs, their cooperation among each other and the close coordination with authorities and stakeholders.
ENTSO-E supports its members by facilitating their cooperation and exchange of information. Through ENTSO-E, the TSOs regularly consult with the European authorities on how to keep the grid operational so that all, and especially those most affected by the pandemic, can rely on secure electricity supplies. However, as the impact of the pandemic varies considerably from country to country and as countries are at different stages of the pandemic, TSOs must also make their own individual decisions. TSCNET shareholder APG, the Austrian TSO, for instance, has just decided to successively resume construction work on the maintenance and extension of the national electricity grid.
APG suspended construction site activities on 16 March to protect its employees. But since the projects are crucial to the electricity supply, the TSO has now initiated the successive and structured resumption of construction projects following a complex evaluation of each of the approximately 50 construction sites and intensive consultations with the contractors. All this is being done under the highest standards of hygiene, disinfection and distance keeping, because the safety of the employees is the top priority.