Covid-19 weekly updates: 13-17 April

From production facilities reopening to new calls for financial stimulus packages, here are five key ways that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has affected the wind power industry over the past week.

Policymakers, wind power companies and industry bodies are planning economic recovery after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic (pic: NIAID-RML)
Policymakers, wind power companies and industry bodies are planning economic recovery after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic (pic: NIAID-RML)

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Spanish plants reopened

Spain eased its national lockdown, allowing employees in the manufacturing and construction sectors to return to work.

Turbine and blade manufacturers - including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), Vestas, and LM Wind Power - reopened their Spanish production facilities and resumed wind farm construction work at several sites.

European green recovery alliance

European politicians and leaders of corporations, expert groups and non-governmental organisations signed up to a new alliance calling for clean energy to be at the centre of coronavirus (Covid-19) economic stimulus packages.

In an open letter, the 180 signatories argue that the post-virus economy should be built around green principles that aid a transition to climate-neutrality, protect diversity, rapidly deliver jobs and growth, and improve citizens’ lives.

Wind power companies supports relief effort

Developers and manufacturers have announced new support for Covid-19 relief efforts this week.

Siemens Gamesa, Boralex, EDP Renewables North America all unveiled financial support packages for communities in which they operate.

Spanish recovery plan

Spain’s wind association (AEE) has proposed 12 measures to support the sector and the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Its recommendations include classifying wind farm operations and maintenance and wind power manufacturing as “essential activities”, and training and educating potential workers for the clean energy transition.

Jacket-producer to close yard

United Arab Emirates-based marine engineers Lamprell announced plans to close one of its production yards amid tough market conditions caused by the pandemic.

It will close its facility at Sharjah, UAE, after producing jackets for the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm, as part of a $23 million cost-saving strategy “in a period of unprecedented global uncertainty”. 

For updates on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the wind power industry, please follow Windpower Monthly's blog.

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