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SES Water to use 100% renewable energy

SES Water has taken a major step forward in its environmental commitments by making the switch to renewable electricity for all its treatment works, pumping stations and offices.

SES Water has already been benefitting from solar power at sites including Bough Beech reservoir and treatment worksSES Water has already been benefitting from solar power at sites including Bough Beech reservoir and treatment works

From today (Friday, 1 June) the water company will only consume electricity that has a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate, which demonstrates its low carbon credentials and is used to trace the source and destination of every megawatt-hour (MWh).

Every day SES Water uses enough electricity to power 13,000 homes so reducing the carbon emissions of that electricity is equivalent to taking around 4000 cars off the road each year.

Wholesale services director Tom Kelly said: “We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and are always looking at ways to balance the impact of our essential activities. Abstracting, treating and distributing water is extremely energy intensive so I am very pleased that we are now only purchasing electricity from renewable sources.

"This also supplements our own renewable generation from solar panels at our sites which last year produced over 200,000 kilowatt hours.”

Energy and carbon manager Henrietta Stock said: “Purchasing electricity that is backed by REGOs supports the investment in renewable generation in the UK and reduces the environmental impact of our operations. We are also working hard to reduce our energy consumption and exploring how we can further invest in our own renewable generation assets.”

Paul Sheffield, chief operating officer at Haven Power, added: “We’ve worked with SES Water for a number of years and are delighted to supply them with 100 per cent renewable energy. The use of renewable power by UK businesses is increasing as companies realise the carbon saving and social responsibility benefits.” 

SES Water is currently producing its business plan for 2020-25 and its draft plan pledges to do more to support a thriving environment with commitments around reducing greenhouse gases, improving the biodiversity of their sites and working with partners to improve local rivers and streams.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Energy/Water Nexus , Innovation , Sustainability & social value
Tags: electricity , emissions , SES Water


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