April 6 (Renewables Now) - UK utility Northumbrian Water Ltd will be powering all of its facilities with renewable electricity under a deal with Danish energy supplier Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED).
The two companies have signed a four year contract calling for Ørsted to deliver green power for Northumbrian Water’s 1,858 sites, the UK utility said on Thursday. Electricity supplies have started from April 1.
The power will be sourced from Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in the UK.
The deal is part of Northumbrian Water’s sustainability measures, which include using 100% of its sewage sludge for producing power through anaerobic digestion at its treatment works in Howdon, Tyneside area. The company also has a photovoltaic (PV) array at its facility in Bran Sands, Teesside and owns the Kielder Water hydropower plant in England.
"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," commented Graham Southall, Northumbrian Water′s commercial director. According to the utility, it will be able to offset 125,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually thanks to the contract with the Danish offshore wind developer.