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Power and the Pandemic: Exploring Global Changes in Electricity Demand During COVID-19

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Elizabeth Buechler
Siobhan Powell
Tao Sun
Jose Bolorinos
Chad Zanocco
Hilary Boudete

Understanding how efforts to limit exposure to COVID-19 have altered electricity demand provides insights not only into how dramatic restrictions shape electricity demand but also about future electricity use in a post-COVID-19 world. The authors developed a unified modeling framework to quantify and compare electricity usage changes in 58 countries and regions around the world from January-May 2020.