Northumbrian signs 100% green energy deal with Danish supplier

Northumbrian Water has signed a four-year power procurement deal with Danish energy supplier Ørsted to supply all of the water company’s 1,858 of sites using renewable.

The deal will cover “everything from the company's largest treatment works down to its smallest telemetry systems,” said Northumbrian. It is, according to the water firm, among the biggest contracts it has awarded.

Northumbrian claims it is is currently the only UK water company to use 100% of its sewage sludge to create energy, through anaerobic digestion.

Ørsted supplies renewable electricity from nine offshore wind farms in the UK, with the energy certified by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin.

Northumbrian Water's commercial director, Graham Southall, said: “Our contract with Ørsted has enabled us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, as well as driving down costs."

In 2016, Ørsted said that it would supply renewable electricity at no additional cost premium, so that UK businesses can achieve their sustainability ambitions without commercial disadvantage.

Denmark based, Ørsted (formerly Dong) employs 5,600 people, including over 900 in the UK, and develops, constructs.