COVID-19 update (March 19, 2020)
March 19, 2020
Ontario’s electricity system remains stable and reliable, and the IESO is well equipped to manage changing grid conditions. To help ensure the safety of our employees, all IESO staff are now working from home with the exception of some who are required onsite. For those onsite, extra precautions have been taken to keep them safe, including enhancing cleaning practices, implementing social distancing measures, and prohibiting visitors.
Electricity demand patterns are changing as more Ontarians work from home and businesses alter their operations. Overall demand is beginning to trend low, though only to a small extent at this point. Daily conversations are taking place with generators, transmitters, and distributors to share information and ensure we are collectively prepared to adapt.