Webinar ‘Impact of COVID on electrical power systems’ 2021

Register now for the webinar ‘Impact of COVID on electrical power systems’, 29 March from 14:00 – 15:30 (A collaborative webinar between CIGRE UK NGN and Young Cigre the Netherlands. Our webinar has the main goal to discuss types of developments and investments will be driven and motivated by the global pandemic, and conclusively what the future of the electrical grids are going to be in terms of directions as well as structures of grids.

10min, Introduction to UK NGN
30min, Dr. Mathaios Panteli and Dr. Matthias Noebels – ‘Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Resilient Are We?’
10min, Introduction to NL NGN
30min, Jan Vorrink BaSc, MBA – ‘Impact of COVID on electrical power system and the organisation of TenneT’
15min, panel discussion


‘Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Resilient Are We?’ – The Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to our power networks, making us rethink and re-evaluate our understanding of power grid resilience. In this talk, Matthias Noebels and Mathaios Panteli will share their experiences on understanding, defining and assessing power grid resilience, highlighting the need to consider organisational resilience during unexpected events like pandemics. They will also present a data-driven resilience assessment of the UK electricity network during the Covid-19 pandemic using publicly available outage data from UK distribution network operators, shedding light on how resilient we really are to cope with severe network stresses and shocks.

‘Impact of COVID on electrical power system and the organisation of TenneT’ – The COVID-19 Pandemic had several significant effects on the Electrical Power system and the TSO in Europe. The presentation will give an overview of these effects and the mitigating measures that the TSO’s applied. It will explain the organisational measures and the coordination between the TSO’s and within the TSO.


Mathaios Panteli received the M.Eng. degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical power engineering from The University of Manchester, U.K., in 2013. He was a Lecturer in Resilient, Low-Carbon Energy Systems at The University of Manchester until December 2020, before moving to University of Cyprus as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. Mathaios is an IEEE Senior Member, an IET Chartered Engineer (CEng), the co-chair of the CIGRE WG C4.47 “Power System Resilience” and an active member of multiple IEEE working groups. He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Newton Prize.

Matthias Noebels received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 2015. He is currently in his final year of his Ph.D. degree at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks at The University of Manchester. His expertise lies in resilience analysis of power networks as well as developing strategies that can enhance resilience in case of natural hazards such as extreme weather.

Jan Vorrink is the head of the Control Centres Netherlands of TenneT TSO BV which is the Dutch Transmission System Operator. Mr. Vorrink has graduated as a Master in Business Administration and is an Engineer. He is working for Ten-neT since 2002 as a Manager in several departments. The activities of his de-partment include the operational Planning processes, Realtime processes and the balancing and settlement processes.