CORONA CRISIS: CURRENT INFORMATION
350 million economic incentive
In the middle of March, due to the Corona crisis, we have interrupted activities at approximately 50 construction sites all over Austria and thus suspended our investments in the power supply infrastructure. Now we are able to resume these activities step by step and can thus contribute considerably to the recovery of Austria’s economy: in 2020 alone we will invest 350 million Euros.
In doing so we pay particular attention to follow the guidelines stipulated by the social partners and to adhere to the highest standard of hygiene, disinfection and social distancing. Prior to the resumption of activities every single project has been thoroughly evaluated and examined.
Austrian Power Grid (APG) operates and controls Austria’s nationwide transmission network. Every day we are working to make sure that everybody has electricity when they need it.
Mid-March, within one week, the energy consumption in Austria dropped by approximately 10 percent due to the corona crisis – this is nearly the amount of energy that the country usually consumes on a Sunday. By the end of March this figure had already increased to -13 percent. Such a massive drop is also noticeable in the grid because less electricity is travelling through the lines. However, from the beginning the experts at the APG control center had this new situation well under control and the energy supply was not jeopardized at any time.
Compared to the previous year, an overall drop of minus 13 percent could be observed mid-April.
Due to the Corona crisis the electricity consumption in Austria has decreased. Since March, on average 13 percent less electricity has been consumed nationwide, which is approximately the average drop that has been observed all over Europe.
The experts at the APG control center work 24/7 to ensure efficient energy management and smooth operation of power transmission, since this is the precondition for your light or cooker to work – whether in a situation of crisis or not. Another decisive factor is international cooperation. Every evening at 9pm all European transmission system operators hold a video conference where the energy flows of the upcoming 24 hours are estimated. Based on this forecast the measures for the next day are coordinated: Are all lines available? Are emergency measures necessary? This is the practice at all times not only during the current crisis – but now we recognize clearly how important this well-coordinated and efficient cooperation is.
Due to the Corona-related reduced electricity consumption, prices on the wholesale electricity market are lower, too.
Import-export development since the beginning of the year.
- Compliance with the social distancing stipulations of the Austrian government for the protection of our staff – along our transmission lines, in the substations, at the control center or in our headquarter
- Best possible preparation for additional potential disturbances affecting the orderly operation of the network to ensure power supply for Austria’s population and business in particular to overcome the current crisis.
Official dashboard on COVID19 – publicly available information
Information on the current legal situation regarding employment, travel, schools, agriculture and food production; Support
Together against the corona virus. The most important information and how we can protect ourselves.
For Austrian citizens stranded abroad.