As a company responsible for a critical infrastructure, 50Hertz takes the risks posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) very seriously. To us the safety and health of our employees is extremely important. We have therefore taken preventive measures to protect our employees from infection with the corona virus and to maintain business and system operations. These precautionary measures are reassessed on a daily basis and, if necessary, expanded and supplemented. In addition to measures to protect health, these include precautions that severely restrict contact between employees and with other groups of people, as well as additional measures that restrict access to our operating facilities. Special precautions apply to employees in particularly sensitive areas such as control centres. As part of our normal business operations, we are prepared for any emergency in these areas, even beyond the current threat of COVID-19.
We expect a decline in demand for electricity due to the reduction of economic activity by large companies and load shifts in private households and business sectors. This will not affect the stability of the electricity system. Adapting to more or less short-term changes in supply and demand is one of the key requirements of system management. 50Hertz hassufficient tools available within ist compound structure to compensate for potential fluctuations. To this end, the system management teams of the German and European transmission system operators cooperate closely and monitor the situation very precisely.
The communication with citizens, politics, the media and civil society is important to us - also and especially in times like these. 50Hertz is therefore focusing on digital communication possibilities. Public participation regardings our network expansion projects for example is now possibly to be conducted online or via telephone. Video conferences are also increasingly used for this purpose. Of course, our colleagues from the Public Participation Department are available to answer your questions personally as is usual with them.
The same holds true for your contacts in the political and media departments, who are also available as usual.
The human resources department has also adapted to the new situation. The recruiting process will continue unchanged. Job interviews are now conducted digitally via video conferences at 50Hertz, and we have also converted our onboarding event, the „welcome day“, to be digitally accessible. If you have any questions about your potential career at 50Hertz, please do not hesitate to contact us!