Too Early to Assess Impact of COVID-19 on European Wind Sector – WindEurope

WindEurope believes the outbreak of COVID-19 still at a relatively early stage in Europe, and it is too soon to judge its impact on the wind energy sector

Impact COVID-19 WindEurope

WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association, an association based in Brussels for promoting the use of wind power in Europe, has stated that with the outbreak of COVID-19 still at a relatively early stage in Europe and other countries, it is too soon to judge its impact on production and revenues in the wind energy sector.

(Prior to the statement by WindEurope, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) had informed that “Europe is now the “Epicentre” of the global coronavirus pandemic.”)

The European wind industry is the global leader in the wind turbine market, realising projects in more than 80 countries worldwide. As such, its companies rely on both European and global supply chains for raw materials and components. The COVID-19 virus is impeding international trade, creating delays and uncertainties for different industrial sectors. As the number of infections rises, the European wind industry is likely to be impacted.

The first analysis suggests that COVID-19 will have moderate effects on international supply chains for wind energy. With the outbreak of COVID-19 still at a relatively early stage in Europe and other countries, it is too soon to judge its impact on production and revenues in the sector. However, the first logistical delays in the supply chain can be observed already, WindEurope stated in its latest press release.

“A knock-on effect of a slowdown in China’s manufacturing output is already visible in other countries. The wind industry is, of course, not the only industry feeling the pinch from quarantines, travel restrictions and closed factories. Vehicle and vessel manufacturers, solar-PV panel and battery producers are being similarly affected. We will need to take a strategic approach to ensure that disruption is minimised”, said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson with regards to the EU Commission’s Industrial Strategy presented earlier this week.

“With COVID-19 we are likely to see delays in the development of new wind farm projects which could cause developers to miss the deployment deadlines in countries’ auction systems and face financial penalties. Governments should be flexible about how they apply their rules. And if ongoing auctions are undersubscribed because developers can’t bid in time, governments should award what they can and auction the non-awarded volumes at a later stage”, Dickson added.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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