COVID-19 Gave Us a Glimpse of the Future Grid

Last March, lockdowns swept across Europe, forcing an eerie silence on some of the world’s most iconic and bustling cities. It caused a steep drop in electricity consumption — putting pressure on thermal generators and giving renewables a greater share of the generation mix. The COVID-19 crisis proved the European grid can handle large amounts of renewable energy, even at levels we didn’t expect to see for another five to 10 years. So how do we take this knowledge and game out the future?

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