TSOs CEO Covid
04-23-2020
Power Transmission System Operators are working full speed and across borders to keep the light on in Europe and to restart an ever greener economy

The Electricity Transmission System Operators of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland are regularly coordinating their efforts to do the utmost to limit the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on people, electricity supply and the economy in Europe. "We need to jointly ensure the stability of the electrical system, the service continuity and the operation of our network infrastructures, which represent the real backbone of the interconnected electricity system on a continental scale", the board members of the high-voltage system Operators are saying jointly.

“Energy has always been an essential component of European partnership. While the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the life of our citizens and the European economy with full force, electricity remains more than ever crucial for daily life, health services and more generally to all critical activities.”

“Our main concern is of course to keep the light on and to ensure electrical comfort for health care services totally dedicated to the crisis”, the board members are emphasising: “Therefore our highest priority is to keep our staff healthy – especially those who are working in critical positions like the national control centres or indispensable staff for priority preventive maintenance works and urgent damage repairs on our grids.”

The companies are exchanging regularly about their prevention plans and specific measures. These start with hygiene and health protection measures for staff members, but also with the preparation of different case scenarios in which our grids would have to be operated with reduced staff.