CRA Insights

The impact of COVID-19 on electric load: Perspectives on a full pandemic year

April 30, 2021
Equipment in Power Station.

This Insights follows up on analyses conducted one, two, and six months into the COVID-19 crisis in which we reviewed data illustrating the impact of COVID-19 on electric demand across various market regions.

Here, we present analysis of a full year of data—March 2020 through March 2021—and take an expanded approach to reviewing the evolution of electric load patterns throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

We also discuss indicators to watch during reopening, comment on how trends experienced during the pandemic may persist, and identify related issues facing electric utilities in the months and years following the pandemic.