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 LAST UPDATED  |   Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 2:45 pm EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the fourth week of June include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged approximately 2-4% below expected demand levels for the week. 

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 8-10% below typical demand levels for the week. 

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of ​​​​​​​ June 21– June 27 deviated from expected levels by about 6% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to about 13% during the 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. hours. 

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 1-2% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to about 8% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.

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 UPDATED  |   Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:20 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the third week of June include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 6% below expected demand levels for the week. 

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 9-12% below typical demand levels for the week. 

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of June 14 – June 20 deviated from expected levels by about 5% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to 15% during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours.  Last week, New York City hourly demand deviated from expected levels from about 8% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to about 15% during the 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. hours. ​​​​​​​

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 1-2% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to about 11% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 9:45 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA), although last week the NYISO observed a noticeable decrease in load deficits across the state.

Notable trends during the second week of June include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 4-6% below expected demand levels for the week. This compares to deficits in the 8-9% range for the past several weeks.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 10-12% below typical demand levels for the week. This compares to deficits of between 14-15% below typical demand levels for the prior week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of June 8 – June 12 deviated from expected levels by about 5% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to 15% during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours.  Last week, New York City hourly demand deviated from expected levels from about 8% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to 20% during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 1-3% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to about 11% during the 7 a.m. hour.  Last week, NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 4-5% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to just under 15% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:15 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the first week of June include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 8-9% below expected demand levels for the week.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 14-15% below typical demand levels for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of June 1 – June 6 deviated from expected levels from about 8% during the 1-3 a.m. hours to 20% during the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 4-5% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to just under 15% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:50 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the fourth full week of May include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 8-9% below expected demand levels for the week.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 14-15% below typical demand levels for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of  May 25 – May 29 deviated from expected levels from about 7% during the 1-3 a.m. hours to 21% during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from between 2-3% during the 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. hours to just under 14% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:15 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the third full week of May include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 9-10% below demand levels for the week.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 14-15% below typical demand levels for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of  May 18 – May 22 deviated from expected levels from about 6% during the 1-3 a.m. hours to 21% during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from between 4-5% during the 12 a.m. hour to just over 16% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


 UPDATED  |   Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:25 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the second full week of May include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 8-9% below demand levels for the week.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 13-14% below typical demand levels for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of  May 11– May 15, deviated from expected levels by about 5% during the 12 a.m. hour to nearly 20% during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from about 3% during the 12 a.m. hour to just under 14% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:45 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the first full week of May include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 8-9% below demand levels for the week.

  • Overall energy use in New York City averaged between 13-14% below typical demand levels for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of  May 4 – May 8, deviated from expected levels by about 6% during the 12 a.m. hour to nearly 21% during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from about 4% during the 12 a.m. hour to just under 16% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at 1:55 pm EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the final week of April include:

  • NYCA-wide overall energy use averaged about 8% below expected for the week.

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of April 27 – May 1, ranged from about 4% to a little more than 19% below typical levels.

  • For weekdays, reductions in electric consumption in New York City averaged just over 19% below expected levels during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from about 3% during the 12 a.m. hour to over 14% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand remains lower than typically-expected levels across the New York Control Area (NYCA).

Notable trends during the fourth week of April include:

  •    New York City hourly demand for the period of April 20 – April 24, ranged from 5% to about 20% below typical levels.

  •    For weekdays, reductions in electric consumption in New York City averaged 20% below expected levels during the 8 a.m. hour.

  •    Meanwhile, NYCA-wide peaks averaged 7-8% below expected for the week.

  •    NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from about 3% during the 12 a.m. hour to just under  14% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday.


UPDATED  |   Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 11:50 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand is down across the New York Control Area (NYCA), with certain zones experiencing more dramatic drops in load than others.

Demand levels continued to trend lower during the third week of April. Notable trends include:

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of April 13 – April 17, ranged from roughly 5% to 21% below typical levels.  

  • For weekdays, reductions in electric consumption in New York City averaged 21% below expected during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • Meanwhile, NYCA-wide peaks averaged 7-8% below expected for the week.

  • NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 3-4% during the 12 a.m. hour to just under 15% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The NYISO’s forecast team has observed that the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is a leading driver of overall reduced electricity consumption. We are also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday. 


UPDATED  |   Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:45 am EDT

Load Shift Update in Response to COVID-19

Demand is down across the New York Control Area (NYCA), with certain zones experiencing more dramatic drops in load than others.

Demand reductions are largest in the morning, particularly in New York City (referred to in the analysis as Zone J). 

  • New York City hourly demand for the period of April 6 – April 10, ranged from roughly 2% to 18% below typical levels.

  • For weekdays, reductions in electric consumption in New York City averaged 18% below expected during the 8 a.m. hour.

  • Meanwhile, NYCA-wide reductions in electric consumption compared to typical demand levels ranged from roughly 1% during the 12 a.m. hour to just under 12% during the 7 a.m. hour. 

The forecast teams noted the reduction in electric demand from commercial customers is driving the reduction, while also observing an increase in residential energy use, especially during the midday. We continue to monitor and assess changes in electricity demand level and consumption patterns to further refine daily and longer-term demand forecasts. This ongoing assessment includes evaluating demand patterns, updating economic forecasts, and engaging with local utilities


  UPDATED   |   Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 9:45 am EDT

The NYISO is observing daily peak loads trending about 4% lower than typical for this time of year. Our original analysis for the week ending March 20th found the decline in daily energy use was around 2-3%. For the week ending March 27th, the decline in daily energy use was estimated at between 4-5%.

We continue to observe a more gradual morning ramping period, with NYCA-wide declines of as much as 9% between 6 and 10 a.m. The ramping period declines are more pronounced in New York City and on Long Island, where they are at or near 11% during that timeframe. New York City load is also lagging historic patterns throughout the day, primarily driven by a reduction in commercial use.

Our forecast team continues to analyze this data to inform our forecasts going forward.


UPDATED   |   Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm EDT

The NYISO is observing daily peak loads trending about 2% lower than typical for this time of year. Overall, daily usage levels across the state are trending downward, between 2-3%, over the past two weeks.

We have also observed a later and more gradual morning ramping period, resulting in demand about 6-9% lower between 6 and 10 a.m. Traditionally, we see a rapid increase in demand during this period as homes and business begin daily activities.

Our forecast team is analyzing this data to inform our forecasts going forward. For more information, read our blog.


    

 UPDATED   |    Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm EDT

Recent New York ISO actions in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

Our priorities are the health and safety of our employees and reliability of New York’s electric system. We continue to take necessary precautions as outlined in our Pandemic Response and business continuity plans to reduce possible risks from COVID-19.

New York power grid operations and wholesale electricity markets remain fully operational.

We will continue to monitor information from the state and federal governments and work closely with state and local health department officials as the situation evolves in the days and weeks ahead.

We have taken the following actions to maintain critical business operations and protect the health and well-being of our employees and stakeholders.

  • We have implemented a work-from-home schedule to reduce employee exposure to the virus while maintaining business operations.
  • Stakeholder meetings will be conducted via teleconference for the foreseeable future.
  • Internal meetings will be conducted via teleconference, and in-person meetings reduced to essential only and will follow social distancing protocols.
  • All business travel has been suspended.
  • Outside visitors are restricted to those critical to ensuring business continuity.
  • Individual employee health is being monitored on a daily basis.
  • Additional protocols for office sanitation, social distancing, hand washing and other CDC protocols are being followed.

 

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