Coronavirus company news summary – Pandemic causes French nuclear generation to fall while Indian generation remains above last year

10 November 2020 (Last Updated November 10th, 2020 10:08)

10 November

Nuclear power generation in France declined by 3.3% year-on-year to 28.2TWh last month, owing to the ongoing pandemic and nuclear reactor shutdowns. The total power output from January to October fell by 15.1% to 269.4TWh, down from 317.3TWh over the same period in 2019. October saw a smaller reduction in power output than previous months, but a full recovery was thwarted by new lockdowns introduced last week.

Electricity generation in India grew by 3% during October compared to the year before, even as levels fell compared to the previous month. Between September and October, renewable power demand declined by 12%, while conventional energy recorded a 2% drop for the same period. Demand is slowly returning to normal after the lifting of lockdown, while further easing of restrictions is expected to expand power demand and electricity generation.

Power consumption by commercial establishments in the US dropped by 12% during the second quarter. Industrial consumption declined by 14% during the same period. On the other hand, consumption by households surged by 10% during the second quarter of the year, predominantly due to lockdowns.