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Renewable energy tie up for Yorkshire companies

Yorkshire Water has extended its partnership with npower after signing a new contract which will see half of its energy needs met through renewable electricity supplied by Drax-owned Haven Power.

The deal, facilitated by RWE Supply and Trading, will see Haven Power supply renewable energy to Yorkshire via npower until March 2017. The collaboration amongst these energy companies will save Yorkshire Water £250,000 and help to keep customers’ bills down.

This is the latest piece of good news on renewable energy for Yorkshire Water this year, following a stellar 12 months of progress in the area.

The company has seen an increase of 80% in renewable energy generation over the last year, thanks to strong operational performance from existing assets as well as increasing generation from the two new facilities at Bradford and Sheffield. This has contributed to a reduction in the company’s carbon footprint by 15,000 tonnes in the last year.

Significant investment in this area has helped to fund cutting edge technology like the BioThelys process at Yorkshire Water’s Esholt treatment works in Bradford, which is helping to power the site on biogas captured from sludge.

An amazing 97,000 tonnes of sludge are now being recycled from the company’s large energy & recycling facilities dotted around the region, an increase of 48 per  cent on last year.

And in early December Yorkshire Water was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time in recognition of its efforts in yet again reducing its carbon footprint.

Ben Roche, head of energy & recycling at Yorkshire Water, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for renewable energy at Yorkshire Water and our deal with Haven is a great link up for two Yorkshire companies while continuing our existing partnership with npower.

“Taking care of the environment and delivering value for our customers is something we’re passionate about and investing in renewable energy will continue to be a priority for us in the coming years.”

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