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May 21, 2020updated 12 Nov 2021 5:02am

Coronavirus company news summary – UK defers Norfolk windfarm final call – Kenya power demand dips by 8%

By Ilaria Grasso Macola

21 May

ACME Solar has annulled an agreement to supply power at record low tariff to state-run Solar Energy Corp of India (SECI) citing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The company, which bagged the 600MW project in Rajasthan at a rate of INR2.44 ($0.03) per unit in 2018, argued that the projects have already been deferred by 15 months and further postponement will continue given the uncertainty caused by the outbreak.

Power demand in Kenya had dipped by nearly 8% in the wake of lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Kenya Electricity Generating (KenGen) said Sunday usage levels seen throughout the week as industries suspend their activities in response to the pandemic.

The UK Government has decided to defer a final call on the 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas windfarm by up to five months in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Government authorities said the pandemic has delayed several hearings, and a number of interested parties have been unable to participate. Swedish energy company Vattenfall said delaying a decision was “regrettable” and may call the country’s green ambitions into question.

American electric utility company Evergy has pledged to donate $2.2m to help agencies and communities respond to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company said up to $1m has been allocated to help customers pay their utility bills and $800,000 has been earmarked for economic recovery programmes. Remaining funds totalling $400,000 will be given to non-profit groups.

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