The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has delayed the construction of around 20% of US electric generators, the country's Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a statement on Wednesday.
For electricity projects scheduled to come online in the next 12 months, around 21% of the projects experienced delays in March, while about 29% of projects were delayed in April, the EIA said.
"In March 2020, 163 of the 772 proposed generating units delayed their operational date, with 41 citing COVID-19 as a reason for delay. Of the 746 generating units reporting in April, 220 were delayed and 67 of these reported COVID-19 as a reason," the statement said.
The EIA noted that COVID-19 may have been a contributing factor in some projects’ delays but was not the sole factor since the delays attributed to COVID-19 during these two months represent 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity or 18% of total delayed capacity.
Other factors included supply chain disruptions, permitting delays, and restricted travel of specialized workers.
Solar photovoltaics (PV) saw the most delays as 1.3 GW of capacity was put on hold in March and April. Wind projects came second with delays on 1.2 GW of turbine projects due to COVID-19.
By Ovunc Kutlu