Northumbrian Water has signed a ten-year deal to take 100GWh a year from Ørsted’s wind farm sited off the Norfolk coast operated by Danish power company.
The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is, according to Northumbrian, a UK first and it extends a renewable electricity supply agreement between the companies, started in April 2018. Under the deal, Northumbrian will source 30% of its renewable electricity directly from Race Bank for its sites in the North East, Essex and Suffolk.
As well as supporting the growth of Northumbrian Water's renewable energy activity, the agreement will help drive down costs of operation through a long-term fixed price for electricity.
Graham Southall, Northumbrian Water's group commercial director, said the PPA was "great news for our customers and stakeholders, because it reduces operational costs without compromising our work."