COVID-19

RSS feed

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic disrupts everyday life around the world, stay up to date with how the wind industry is coping with our latest coverage. 

Covid-19 update: UK businesses call for green recovery

Covid-19 update: UK businesses call for green recovery

How the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is impacting the industry's 2020 goals.

Latest on Covid-19

Covid-19 weekly updates: 1-5 June

Covid-19 weekly updates: 1-5 June

Here are the key ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

Germany caps renewable surcharge in recession fight back

Germany caps renewable surcharge in recession fight back

Germany’s renewable energy industry welcomed the coalition government's decision to cap the green surcharge used to finance renewable energy projects for the next two years. However, it called for changes to the way it is calculated to make sure consumers benefit from falling generation costs for wind and solar.

Vattenfall reaches FID on subsidy-free 1.5GW Hollandse Kust Zuid

Vattenfall reaches FID on subsidy-free 1.5GW Hollandse Kust Zuid

Vattenfall has moved a step closer to starting construction on the world’s largest subsidy-free offshore wind farm in Dutch waters after it announced its final investment decision (FID).

US green energy sector aims for majority share by 2030

US green energy sector aims for majority share by 2030

Four US clean energy sectors have unveiled a plan for renewables to account for the majority of the country’s electricity output by 2030.

Total takes controlling stake in Seagreen

Total takes controlling stake in Seagreen

French oil major Total has agreed to take a 51% stake in what will be Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm once built, bringing the project to financial close.

Falling costs make wind power 'necessary for post-Covid-19 recovery'

Falling costs make wind power 'necessary for post-Covid-19 recovery'

Cost reductions in renewable energy sources including wind power and solar PV strengthens the case for making them a ‘key component’ of economic stimulus packages after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

What role for wind as Europe prepares for life after Covid-19?

What role for wind as Europe prepares for life after Covid-19?

After March and April saw the industry battle huge challenges as the coronavirus epidemic swept the globe, May saw its attention turn to what the new normal could look like once the health threat fades.

Supply-chain disruption and lockdowns trigger OEM losses

Supply-chain disruption and lockdowns trigger OEM losses

As lockdowns and travel restrictions forced factory closures and paralysed the supply chain, the lack of visibility of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic caused Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), and Nordex to suspend their full-year guidance.

WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?

WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?

The price of oil in a key American market fell to zero in April, and the price of gas is also at an all-time low. The picture in Europe is similar. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the natural gas wholesale price in late April was hovering around $1.7/million Btu (MMBtu), which corresponds to around $6/MWh.

Covid-19 weekly updates: 25-29 May

Covid-19 weekly updates: 25-29 May

Here are the key ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

Equinor to lead oil and gas majors' renewables spending

Equinor to lead oil and gas majors' renewables spending

Ten oil and gas majors are expected to invest $17.5 billion in wind and solar over the next five years, but most of this outlay will be spent by just one company, according to new analysis.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- June 2020

Backpage: The last word in wind -- June 2020

Oil giants' net-zero plans "not credible"; staying oceans apart while at sea; plus India figures and facts.

Developers fight president's offensive against renewables

Developers fight president's offensive against renewables

Mexico's wind industry is taking to the courts to fight efforts by the government to slow investment in renewable energy.

Read this month's Windpower Monthly page-by-page online

Read this month's Windpower Monthly page-by-page online

For the June issue, Windpower Monthly will be published in a digital format rather than print until measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK are lifted.

Principle Power secures Tokyo Gas backing

Principle Power secures Tokyo Gas backing

Japanese natural gas company Tokyo Gas has invested $22 million in floating foundation firm Principle Power.

'Plunging investment may harm energy transition', IEA warns

'Plunging investment may harm energy transition', IEA warns

Wind power investments are set to fall 2% in 2020, while total energy spending could see its largest drop in history as the Covid-19 pandemic prompts a plunge in expenditure for every major sector.

Covid-19 weekly updates: 18-22 May

Covid-19 weekly updates: 18-22 May

Here are the key places, projects and plans that the pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

No wind developers submitted bids to compete against their solar PV counterparts in Germany’s fifth technology-neutral clean energy tender, prompting the head of the German wind energy association (BWE) to call again to scrap the joint auctions.

Suzlon shareholders back debt deal

Suzlon shareholders back debt deal

Shareholders of troubled Indian manufacturer Suzlon have approved the proposed debt restructuring deal, the manufacturer confirmed in a notification to the stock exchange.

Lithuania plans 700MW offshore site

Lithuania plans 700MW offshore site

Lithuania’s energy ministry has proposed a site in the Baltic Sea for up to 700MW of offshore wind capacity it claims could meet a quarter of the country’s electricity needs.

US leapfrogs China as top investment market

US leapfrogs China as top investment market

Advisors EY ranked the US as the top investment market in its renewable energy country attractiveness index (Recai) for the first time since 2016, overtaking China, as the two countries diverged on retaining state support for renewables.

EU Green Deal a ‘blueprint’ to recovery

EU Green Deal a ‘blueprint’ to recovery

The European Green Deal is a “starting point” to restore economic growth in Europe after the Covid-19 epidemic, France and Germany say.

Covid-19 weekly updates: 11-15 May

Covid-19 weekly updates: 11-15 May

Here are the key ways that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

Renewables sector in EU permitting plea

Renewables sector in EU permitting plea

The heads of eight renewable energy trade groups have written to the European Commission (EC) urging it to call for changes to the bloc’s permitting procedures to support a post-Covid-19 recovery.

Calls to scrap Danish turbine limit

Calls to scrap Danish turbine limit

The operational life of Danish turbines has been found to be longer than first planned, meaning the country’s plans to reduce the number of machines over the next decade could be costly.