State Grid Zhejiang Launches Power Index to Aid Work Resumption
Lately the entire society has been in “slow motion” in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since February 10, some companies have reopened business after receiving approval from authorities. How to prevent and control the epidemic while rebooting work? How many enterprises with how much producing capacity have been back on track? How are they doing? What are the latest developments all across the country? These are questions faced by the government, and big data on power consumption provides great indicators.
To precisely serve the epidemic prevention and work resumption, Zhejiang Electric Power Company of State Grid invented the “power index for work resumption” based on clients’ past and present daily power consumption. The index depicts “portrait” for each enterprise, enables dynamic monitoring and gives first-hand information about the current developments. It assists the government to make informed decisions about epidemic prevention and reboot production in an orderly way. This index evaluates companies in two dimensions: whether they have resumed normal production, and how many of them are back in operation each day.
During the outbreak, the government needs to know the latest updates across China, and statistics are generally obtained from bottom up reporting. Since there are so many back-to-work companies, the timely collecting of accurate statistics becomes a demanding task with a limited number of available staff. Based on the index, analytical reports are made on a full range of the major ten sectors including IT, public services and manufacturing, covering all the cities and counties within Zhejiang Province. So far 25 volumes of reports have been made, presenting the whole picture of work resumption in over 300,000 enterprises. Informed by complete, accurate, reliable and real-time data on power consumption, the government is able to design corresponding policies and schedule when and where approvals should be granted for business resumption.
Moreover, Zhejiang Electric Power Company has upgraded the index as required by the latest situation. In addition to collecting accurate data of the whole industry, the index also analyzes intra- and inter-industrial data to understand both upstream and downstream industries along the whole value chain. Such findings enable the government to help remove bottlenecks in the industrial chain, and coordinate related businesses to maximize their synergy.
Take the medical industry as an example, based on the reading on February 25, 91.73% of the industry in Zhejiang was back to work and 79.67% of its production was resumed. This indicates a remarkable increase from 10.77% and 29.51% on February 10. At present, most companies are back to operation. Nevertheless, for the sake of epidemic prevention and constrains of some workers to come back on time, they are yet to reboot full operation. For instance, manufactures of medical masks and protective items are highly dependent on the upstream textile industry (that produces semi-finished products like non-woven wipes). Only 43.27% of the textile sector have restarted working and recouped 27.57% of its overall production.
Every day, Zhejiang Electric Power Company updates the government with its big data on power consumption. Moreover, its power supply subsidiary in Yuhang District of Hangzhou City is actively working with local authorities as they jointly visited medical businesses and made analysis. The subsidiary found that on February 10, only 21.05% of the biomedical industry (mainly in the local biomedical hi-tech park) were back to work, representing a mere 9.59% of the total production. To better understand the situation, they closely monitored the industry and its upstream companies, collected and analyzed data on each of these companies on a daily basis before updating the local government. Thus authorities could work out precise measures to boost industrial production.
Based on the data, the government in Yuhang District has made 12 calls on 44 upstream companies (like manufacturers of semi-finished products such as non-woven wipes, disinfecting products and equipment, parts of negative pressure ambulances, equipment of infrared thermal imaging, and accessories of respirators). The government asked them to resume workload at a faster pace, followed and tackled challenges confronting them, and mobilized raw materials for masks and disinfecting products to help them work in full gears. While the upstream industry has fully rebooted, 86.84% of the biomedical industry in Yuhang District were able to restart working, turning on 85.27% of the total production. In this way, the district has managed to re-launch production of supplies and medicine for epidemic prevention.
Sources: http://www.rmzxb.com.cn, and Zhejiang Electric Power Company, State Grid