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Ram Prasad Dhital/Bibek Raj Kandel

Dhital is a member of Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) in Nepal. Kandel is an energy expert. Views are personal

How lockdown is impacting power sector

Published On: April 15, 2020 10:22 AM NPT By: Ram Prasad Dhital/Bibek Raj Kandel

Coronavirus pandemic is crushing lives around the world. And with countries imposing lockdowns urging citizens to stay home and halting non-essential businesses and industries in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, the electricity utilities, in particular, are increasingly finding themselves in a difficult situation across the globe. The reason is a simple cause and effect. With businesses and industries closed, economic activities contracted thus causing a drastic drop in the energy demand as an obvious effect hitting their revenue streams. Nepal’s electricity industry that has lately seen signs of positive momentum is no exception to this impact.