Coronavirus company news summary – UAE city records 70% jump in power demand during lockdown – UK further extends solar deadlines

10 September 2020 (Last Updated September 10th, 2020 09:38)

10 September

Consumption of electricity in the US will decline by 2.4% this year, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration. This comes as a result of lockdowns in response to Covid-19. It is estimated that power consumption will slide to 3,802TWh in 2020, down from 3,896TWh last year. The administration then expects consumption in 2021 to remain steady, at 3,801TWh.

Sharjah, the third-largest city in the UAE, registered a 70% leap in the consumption of power during its lockdown to arrest the spread of Covid-19. However, this huge surge was not witnessed in households' power bills, as a rebate of 10% was offered to all consumers for three months. Authorities were also asked to pause disconnection for those who could not pay their bills, menafn.com reported.

The UK government has given solar projects six more months to complete and register feed-in tariff projects because of ongoing challenges caused by coronavirus. This is the second extension granted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, after it granted a six month extension earlier this year. The new deadline for solar PV installations is now 31 March 2020.

The consortium of EDF Renewables and Mitsui & Co. has started construction of the first phase of the Taza wind farm in northern Morocco. Consisting of 27 wind turbines, the first phase of the wind farm will have a total capacity of 87MW.