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Off-shoreWind Anglian Water cut


emissions with wind power bills.


Carbon emissions are expected to be cut by 2,300 tonnes, annually, when Anglian Water install a wind turbine at its sewage treatment works in March, Cambridgeshire.


It is estimated that the 100m turbine will generate round 4,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power approximately 1,000 homes, although much of the energy generated will be used to power the sewage treatment works and then surplus power will be supplied to the local electricity grid.


Anglian Water expects the project to take about four months, with the blades for the turbine due to be delivered at the end of July.


Richard Peverell, Anglian Water’s Estates Manager, said:


“Energy costs account for roughly 11% of all of Anglian Water’s expenditure, and the costs of energy are constantly rising. We’re keen to explore any project that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, and that can help us offset the impact of constantly rising energy costs on our customer’s


“Currently, we generate around 5% of the energy we need from renewable sources, and we have plans to significantly increase this. Last year, we generated around 46 gigawatt hours of renewable energy, which is enough to power around 11,500 homes for an entire year. Our target is to roughly double that by 2015.


“In the east of England, a changing climate is one of the greatest challenges we face. We’re focussed on reducing our carbon emissions, and this scheme is one of several projects that will help us achieve this."


David Byrne, Managing Director at ASC Renewables, said:


“We are delighted to be working with Anglian Water on what will be the water company’s first wind development. The project reflects our ethos of generating sustainable energy without compromise. Both Anglian Water and ASC are committed to keeping the local community informed and would welcome any feedback on the scheme.”


A 30% reduction in Offshore wind costs That is what is


anticipated, over the next 7 years according to a new report from the industry-led Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force.


The report builds on detailed evidence in a study by The Crown Estate, also published today, to show how reductions can be achieved, setting out


specific actions to drive costs down by over 30%.


This huge cut will see the cost of delivering 18GW of electricity from offshore wind farms (around 20% of the UK’s total electricity demand) drop from £140/MWh today to £100/MWh by 2020, saving over £3 billion per year. In achieving this, offshore wind will take another major step towards being fully competitive with other forms of energy generation which will make up the UK’s energy mix.


The Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force report lays out 28 specific recommendations on how the industry can reduce the cost of generation, covering Supply Chain, Innovation, Contracting strategies, Planning and Consenting, Finance and Grid. Within these the Task Force has highlighted that more efficient contracting and the concept of “alliancing”, used successfully by the North Sea oil and gas industry to reduce risk and bring down costs, have the potential to be transformative in lowering cost and improving working practices.


In addition the Task Force has identified the development of a more robust domestic supply chain and increased competition as key area for focus.


The Task Force report also calls for industry and Government to work more closely together to address barriers as they arise. A new Programme Board is to be established to do this.


Charles Hendry, Energy Minister, said:


“Offshore wind will be a vital part of a diverse and secure low carbon energy mix in the decades ahead. But we are clear that costs must come down.


“I am encouraged that this report shows that substantial cost savings can be achieved if action is taken and I welcome this valuable work. I look forward to working closely with industry to take this forward further and deliver these ambitious targets.”


Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government Energy Minister said:


“I welcome the reports from the Cost Reduction Task Force and The Crown Estate Pathways Development study, which outline a realistic path to achieving a significant reduction in the cost of offshore wind, which is essential for us to maximise our offshore wind potential and reap the associated economic benefits.


“Leases have already been granted for 10GW of offshore wind developments in Scotland’s waters, with companies like EDPR and Repsol committed to developing our offshore potential. In addition, international companies such as Samsung, Mitsubishi and Gamesa, based here in Scotland, are developing the next generation of turbines. Important innovative work that will ensure offshore wind is a competitive and reliable source of renewable energy for decades to come.”


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