Pennon-owned Viridor has signed a 27MW private wire agreement with a data centre for offtake of power from its Beddington energy from waste plant.
Posting first half results, the company said it plans to develop energy parks across its 12 energy from waste (EfW) facilities, and is considering two new sites in addition to a proposed new joint venture at Ford, West Sussex, as demand is outstripping supply
Pennon said private wire/energy park arrangements will result in around half of its power output being sold on long-term contracts, often to its own recycling plants.
The company believes creating energy parks – supplying heat and power via private pipes and wires to local businesses and potentially building wind and solar assets as well as supplying EfW derived energy – will increase profit at its EfW sites by up to 10 per cent.
Meanwhile, as volumes of landfill gas declines, the company is installing peaking plant at sites left with excess grid capacity.
The firm posted lower revenues but higher pre-tax profits.
– Viridor this month hired former Association for Decentralised Energy director, Tim Rotheray, as director of innovation and regulation.