Lockdown sees power demand drop to three-month low

By Gavin Evans | Fri, 27 Mar 2020


Electricity demand has fallen to a three-month low as the country’s covid-19 lockdown shutters offices and factories nationwide.Power use fell to 93.86 gigawatt-hours yesterday, according to Electricity Authority data, 14 percent less than Thursday last week. It was down almost 7 percent from Wednesday, when electricity demand trailed off as more firms shut up shop ahead of the level-4 shutdown effective midnight that night.Yesterday’s demand was the lowest since Boxing Day.National grid operator Transpower earlier this week urged all major use...