October 18 (Renewables Now) - GVB, the public transport operator for Amsterdam, will run its trams and metros on renewable power supplied by energy company Vattenfall, formerly known as Nuon in the Netherlands, over the next 10 years.
The two companies said on Wednesday they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which Vattenfall will deliver renewable electricity to GVB between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2028. The power will be sourced from existing and new renewable energy plants in the Netherlands, among which is the 29-MW Slufterdam wind park in Rotterdam. Additional capacities are also planned to be installed in order to meet GVB’s needs, Vattenfall said, adding that it will also explore options that can help the transport company achieve some savings in energy consumption.
The deal, awarded after a tender, will support GVB’s ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The company says its power consumption equals that of around 45,000 households in Amsterdam.