Green Power, Wind Power Filling up E-On’s Portfolio

E-On UK, a large-scale energy supplier for the country, is ramping up its green power in the country through sales and facilities development. Global industrial group Trelleborg, which is based in Sweden, has signed a 12-month green power contract with E-On Energy for 17 of the company’s business sites in the United Kingdom (UK).

Trelleborg’s total annual energy consumption in the UK is 62.7 million kWh, which would have released over 27,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning coal or oil-based fossil fuels, also known as brown energy in the UK. The decision to purchase 100 percent green power will help the country meet its Kyoto protocol requirements, and reduce the climate change tax the company was charged for using brown energy. The UK passed the Climate Change Levy (CCL) in 1999 as an additional tax on businesses that used fossil fuels for power to try and encourage businesses to reduce their polluting energy consumption. The UK has a campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent, based on 1990 levels, by 2010. Because of the CCL, green energy, which was more expensive than brown, now costs the same as brown energy because green bills are exempt from the tax. E-On Energy’s renewable energy projects include onshore and offshore wind, hydro and biomass-fuelled generation. The company has 16 wind energy facilities and the largest hydroelectric scheme in England and Wales at Rheidol. E-On could soon increase its wind facilities by one if the wind in Selby blows strong enough. The Selby District Council’s planning committee granted permission for the installation of temporary wind monitoring equipment for two years of operation at the company’s proposed Community Power site near Selby. A 52-meter (170.5-foot) high anemometer will gather wind speed and direction data at the site, which is also the subject of a planning application for two wind turbines. Chantal Thomas, Community Power Manager with E.ON UK Renewables, said, “We already know that this site is windy enough to produce enough clean, green, renewable power for thousands of homes, but what the mast will allow us to do is gather detailed data on wind speeds and direction at different times of the year.” Initial plans for the wind facility call for two 111-meter tall turbines to be sited at Escrick Park. If approved, the turbines should generate enough power for around 2,300 homes.
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