Wind Europe says the coronavirus pandemic will have a moderate effect in supply chains in the wind industry but the first delays are already apparent.
“Wind energy companies rely on both European and global supply chains for raw materials and components,” WindEurope said. “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.
“First analysis suggests that Covid-19 will have moderate effects on international supply chains for wind energy. With the outbreak of the virus 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.
“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.”
WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson said, “We will need to take a strategic approach to ensure that disruption is minimised.
“With Covid-19 we are likely to see delays in the development of new windfarm projects which could cause developers to miss the deployment deadlines in countries’ auction systems and face financial penalties.
“Governments should be flexible on 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.”