Consumption drops by a quarter among large businesses due to COVID-19

April 17, 2020

As the national COVID-19 lockdown persists, ElectraLink’s data shows a continued reduction in industrial and commercial (I&C) electricity consumption across the country as large sites adapt and change their working practices leading to a reduction in consumption.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, ElectraLink has observed I&C electricity consumption decreasing by 25 percent, or a quarter of productivity lost.

Comparing consumption of the week commencing 30 March 2020 to the equivalent working week in 2019 I&C electricity consumption has reduced by 680.5 GWh or 23 percent of 2019’s volume.

That weekly 680 GWh reduction alone could power over 170,000 households for an entire year.

Within that same week we also witnessed the biggest single day reduction of 124.9 GWh on April 2nd which alone could power over 31,000 households for the year, or just over 30 percent of UK households for the same day.

The majority of this decrease in consumption is derived from the largest I&C sites in the UK. The top 10 percent of MPANs have reduced their consumption by over 30 percent on average.

Next week, we will focus on the I&C consumption difference over the Easter period. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter or visit our Open Data page for regular updates on I&C consumption and other energy market activity during the lockdown.

For more information on data from the Energy Market Data Hub (EMDH), contact Ian Scougal at Ian.Scougal@electralink.co.uk or Paul Linnane at Paul.Linnane@electralink.co.uk.

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