Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Ørsted.
Ørsted owns or has a stake in nine UK offshore wind farms (Barrow, Burbo Bank, Burbo Bank Extension, Gunfleet Sands, Lincs, London Array, Walney, West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough).
It also has another four projects under construction (Hornsea One, Hornsea Two, Race Bank and Walney Extension), which would take its offshore interests to 4.9GW, plus two in development (Hornsea Three and Isle of Man), which, if built, would result in an 8GW portfolio.
Green for the price of brown
The firm said two years ago it would supply renewable power at brown power prices. As the deal will enable Northumbrian water to save 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, that equates to savings of some €1.6m (£1.4m) per annum at current EU ETS prices.
Northumbrian Water’s commercial director, Graham Southall, said: “Energy is an essential part of our business and our contract with Ørsted has enabled us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, as well as driving down costs.”
Jeff Whittingham, managing director at Ørsted Sales UK, said, “businesses should have access to renewable electricity supply without incurring additional cost”.
Naturally, Whittingham was “delighted” Northumbrian Water had signed the deal, one of the biggest in the water company’s history.