Retailer, Gap, has announced that it has signed a 90MW virtual power purchase agreement for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, marking one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by an apparel retailer. The 12-year agreement is Gap’s

latest renewable energy deal and will enable the company to reach its 2020 goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for

its owned and operated facilities by 50 per cent compared to 2015. The company also announced it has set a goal to reach 100 per cent renewable energy across its global owned and operated facilities by 2030. Gap operates more than 3,300

stores worldwide. However, the vast majority of its distributed store fleet are leased sites located in buildings and malls owned by landlords, limiting the company’s ability to

implement onsite renewable energy assets. The agreement with Enel Green Power allows Gap to meet its renewable energy goal by aggregating its distributed electricity load in the US and purchasing wind energy, equivalent to the energy needs of over 1,500 retail stores in its global real estate portfolio. The agreement provides benefits both to the local grid, by adding new clean generation, while also stabilising

operating costs for the company in the face of fluctuating energy prices. The wind electricity output -

purchased by Gap from the 90MW portion of Enel Green Power’s 299MW Aurora project - is expected to total approximately 374 gigawatt hours (GWh) each year. It will reduce GHG emissions equivalent to the carbon reduction of removing 60,000 passenger cars from the road annually.

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Hello and welcome to the Autumn issue of Energy Management. In September, the Smart Data Communications Company (DCC) installed its two-millionth second-generation smart meter (SMETS2). New research by the company

has found that take-up of smart meters is increasing in many areas of the country. In the leading localities, penetration of SMETS2 meters has reached one in seven households, with 23 smart meters being installed every minute of the day. This issue includes an article

by Ineco on managing energy risk, AVT Reliability looks at taking a digital approach to data collection, and Nick Rees from Baxi Heating highlights the importance of the comprehensive commissioning of heating systems. HRS Heat Exchangers writes

on increasing efficiency within the wastewater AD industry, and Salix Finance explores the top energy efficiency technologies for colleges. Additional features in this

issue include: Electric Transport, Renewable Technology, Facilities Management, and Monitoring and Metering.

Carly Wills - Editor

High-voltage power contractor, Smith Brothers has been appointed by NextEnergy Solar Fund as the Independent Connection Provider on a new solar generation project. The firm will design, construct,

install and test a UK Power Networks (UKPN) 132kV substation and private 132/33kV customer substation in Little Staughton, Cambridgeshire. This is the first time the two firms

have worked together and, with construction work underway, Smith


A biomethane plant near Pontefract in West Yorkshire is set to meet the energy needs of around 6,000 homes, thanks to a three kilometre directionally drilled pipeline installed under farmland by Energy Assets Utilities (EAU). The facility will create methane

from chicken litter, food waste and organic matter produced by local farms and will purify the gas to the required specification before feeding it into the national grid. The gas will also power the site’s combined heat

and power (CHP) unit, while the digester waste will be turned into nutrient-rich fertiliser. The plant, designed by

Bradford-based Aqua consultants, is due to come on stream in October. EAU worked closely with the local authority, distribution network owner, landowners and farmers to plan and install the three kilometre pipeline to the site, adhering to a carefully planned directional drilling schedule to minimise disruption.


Brothers is responsible for delivering both contestable and private works. With the location set to be

operational by the end of 2019, the project isn’t without its challenges. Plans also need to be made for a 4km fibre connection between the new 132kV substation and that at Eaton Socon – which will run across agricultural land. NextEnergy Capital Ltd’s

managing director, Ross Grier, said: “This is the first time we have worked with the Smith Brothers team, but their turnkey solutions were exactly what we were looking for in an ICP for this project. “Their reputation for efficient

project management and delivery on similar connection assignments helped them to stand out from their peers and we hope to continue to work together on subsequent schemes in the future.”

SGS has joined forces with the Energy Managers Association (EMA) to host a new event that examines the key considerations when managing transport energy usage. Effective Management of Transport Energy Use takes place at Chadwick Court on London’s South Bank on 22 October from 9.30am to 3pm.

Ørsted, together with ITM Power and Element Energy, has won funding from the UK government for a green hydrogen project. The Gigastack feasibility study, led by ITM Power, is a six-month project to investigate the potential delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen. The aim of the project is to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen through the process of electrolysis.

A national energy and telecoms switching consultancy has helped businesses to save over £80,000 on their energy bills, and reinvested £16,000 in grants to their charity customers, thanks to its innovative concept. SwitchAid is a not-for-profit social enterprise which helps businesses and homes divert cash to the third sector which they might normally pay as commission to brokers or comparison websites. The scheme gives back over 65 per cent of its profits to the local community, and has already unlocked over £100,000.


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