Electric Ireland wins £13m green energy contract with 10 councils

Derry City and Strabane is among the 10 councils signed up to the Electric Ireland green energy scheme

ELECTRIC Ireland has been awarded new contracts with 10 local authorities in the north worth £13 million as part of its commitment to supporting a renewable recovery post Covid-19.

The contracts will see the energy company provide 45 gigawatts a year over the next two years as an integral part of the councils' energy strategy roadmap and climate pledge, committing each authority to reduce carbon emissions to net zero to meet government targets.

It will involve electricity being provided to council buildings across the 10 local authorities (only Belfast hasn't signed up to this scheme) as well as working towards the decarbonisation of councils' fleet of vehicles as they pilot using electric vehicles.

Karen Philips, director of environment and regeneration at Derry and Strabane District Council, said: “It's vital to have a trusted energy supplier on board who recognises our priorities to deliver both environmental and economic benefits and we welcome Electric Ireland's supply of green energy from 100 per cent renewable sources, which is an integral part of our strategy to have more sustainable operations.

“As we seek to overcome the considerable challenges of Covid-19 over the coming months, we will reduce our carbon emissions through energy efficiency, smart energy management and the introduction of alternative energy sources, as well as a range of other measures across our operations minimising the impact of climate change.”

Dermot McArdle, head of business markets for Electric Ireland, said: “Working in partnership with local authorities and providing them with innovative renewable energy solutions at such a critical time for society reflects our expertise and commitment to supporting the transition to a low carbon future.

“We know that innovation and efficiency are key for our customers and we develop and create long-term relationships with our broad range of public and private sector customers throughout Northern Ireland, providing valuable insights and support.

“We are looking forward to working closely with each Local Authority over the next two years, providing them with 100% renewable energy, to facilitate and accelerate a more sustainable future.”

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