Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted has signed the United Kingdom’s first ever offshore wind corporate Power Purchase Agreement with Northumbrian Water for 30% of the electricity generated from the 573 megawatt (MW) Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm.
Ørsted announced at the end of February that it had signed a 10-year long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Northumbrian Water for 30% of the electricity generated at the 573 MW Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm — which was officially opened in July 2018. This is the first corporate PPA ever signed in the UK and is an expansion of an existing renewable electricity supply agreement between the two companies which began in April of 2018.
Northumbrian Water is already sourcing the electricity as of March 1 which will equate to around 100 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean electricity each year, delivered to Northumbrian Water’s consumption sites in the North East, Essex, and Suffolk. The signed agreement is further evidence of Northumbrian Water’s sustainable and renewable energy strategy, and builds on the company’s existing solar, hydro, gas to grid, and advanced anaerobic digestion power generation.
“This PPA is not only a first of its kind in the UK; more importantly it aligns perfectly with our sustainability goals and our ambitions of creating a truly cohesive energy management strategy,” said Graham Southall, Northumbrian Water’s Group Commercial Director. “The long-term stability this brings is fantastic for us, and great news for our customers and stakeholders, because it reduces operational costs without compromising our work.”
“Northumbrian Water shares our ambitions towards a greener future and are able to benefit from this journey through signing a Corporate PPA from Race Bank. For Ørsted, this agreement is an important step towards building long-term green partnerships with corporate power customers,” added Alana Kühne, Head of Corporate PPAs at Ørsted.
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