Output from US wind farms increased 10.06% in 2019, compared to 2018, according to a SUN Day Campaign analysis of Energy Information Administration data. Renewables supplied 11.45% of the US' electricity needs last year, up from 11.27%.
Ninety-six percent of factories that produce wind turbines and components in Europe remain operational, with the exception of a few in Spain and Italy that have closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, says WindEurope. WindEurope has launched an online hub to monitor the coronavirus' effect on the industry.
Vestas has complied with the Indian government's lockdown order and temporarily closed its wind turbine manufacturing operations in the country. "We are currently working with both state and federal governments to ensure we can resume safe production and operations when the lockdown is over," it said.
Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio was starting up from a refueling outage when problems in two of its four reactor coolant pumps forced the reactor to be manually tripped by plant operators. The incident is not considered an emergency and the cause of the failures is under investigation.
PG&E has "greatly reduced" the number of staff operating the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving only essential operations, maintenance, and security employees on-site. "We're safely operating the plant and we have the staffing that we need," said PG&E spokesperson Suzanne Hosn.
The Tennessee Valley Authority announced a two-week delay on refueling outages that were previously planned for March and April at the Sequoyah-2 reactor in Soddy-Daisy and the Watts Bar-1 reactor in Spring City, due to the coronavirus outbreak. "The delays allow us to get the necessary medical screening processes in place, as well as providing a measure of increased social distancing during the increasing outbreak," said TVA spokesman Jim Hopson.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced CH2M HILL BWXT to reduce its remediation work at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York to only "mission-essential" tasks. For the near future, the work will be prioritized "based on safety, regulatory requirements and protection of the environment, the public and our workforce," according to a contractor spokesman.
The Honeywell International uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Ill., has had its operating license renewed for another 40 years by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The facility is the only one in the US that converts uranium oxide into uranium hexafluoride.
DYNAMIC SNC -- comprising Ansaldo Nucleare, Ansaldo Energia, Endel Engie, Orys Group ORTEC, SIMIC and Leading Metal Mechanic Solutions -- has completed a successful dry run of the upending and loading tool at the ITER Tokamak in France. DYNAMIC Technical Team leader Andrea Barbensi says the gathered data allows the team to see "where improvements need to be made, and photogrammetry has provided a baseline for deformation reference."
French utility Electricite de France says the coronavirus outbreak has delayed its plans to seek development consent to build the Sizewell C nuclear plant in Britain. EDF said the application, which was due by the end of March, will be submitted in a few weeks.