Wales’ water goes green in new wind deal

A water company in Wales has signed a deal to source its power from a renewable energy supplier. Welsh Water awarded a five-year contract to DONG Energy to provide green […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A water company in Wales has signed a deal to source its power from a renewable energy supplier.

Welsh Water awarded a five-year contract to DONG Energy to provide green power across its operational sites, of which there are more than 4,000.

The not-for-profit company, which is the fifth largest business in Wales, supplies 828 million litres of water every day to more than three million people, including 1.4 million homes and businesses.

The cycle of supplying high quality drinking water and treating wastewater is highly energy intensive, which combined with the large number of assets spread over the rural landscape, means the firm pays an annual electricity bill in excess of £44 million.

The company already produces renewable electricity on 50 of its sites using biogas, anaerobic digestion, hydro, solar and wind power.

Jeff Whittingham, Managing Director of DONG Energy’s UK sales business, said: “Welsh Water are making fantastic progress in reducing their carbon footprint but while generating as much energy in-house as they can, they still need to look to the market for the bulk of their needs.

“As the global leader in offshore wind, we are well placed to deliver a bespoke service meeting their requirements.”