Electric Ireland has been awarded new contracts with 10 Local Authorities in Northern Ireland worth £13m, as part of their commitment to supporting a renewable recovery post Covid-19.
These 100% green energy contracts will see Electric Ireland provide 45GWh per year over the next two years, as an integral part of the Local Authorities’ energy strategy roadmap and climate pledge, committing each authority to reduce carbon emissions to net zero to meet government targets.
Through the partnership, electricity will be provided to council buildings across Local Authorities including: Antrim & Newtownabbey, Ards & North Down, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry City and Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh, Lisburn & Castlereagh City, Mid and East Antrim, Mid Ulster and Newry, Mourne & Down.
Commenting on the Local Authorities climate change commitments, Karen Philips, the Director of Environment and Regeneration from Derry and Strabane District Council said:
“It is 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% 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.”
Commenting on the contract, Dermot McArdle, Head of Business Markets for Electric Ireland, said:
“Working in partnership with Local Authorities across Northern Ireland and providing them with innovative renewable energy solutions at such a critical time for society, reflects Electric Ireland’s 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.”
As part of their roadmap and climate change pledge in addition to addressing the energy efficiency of buildings, Local Authorities are working towards decarbonisation of their fleet of vehicles, while also piloting electric vehicles.