Déise reducing their carbon footprint with Energia’s “green energy”

May 13

Waterford City Council, County Council and Dungarvan Town Council are taking a huge step to reduce the county’s carbon footprint by signing up to a new power deal with competitive electricity provider Energia.

The deal will reduce Waterford’s carbon footprint by almost 10,600 tonnes each year.

The two-year deal is valued in the region of €3.6 million, and will see Energia supply over 20 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of power to the City Council, County Council and Dungarvan Town Council sites. It follows a competitive tendering process, carried out in accordance with EU rules, which was undertaken by Waterford County Council on behalf of the three authorities, with assistance from Waterford Energy Bureau based in Tramore. Energia had already been supplying the majority of Waterford City Council’s 66 sites with green electricity since mid-2006.

The combined energy requirement of the three local authorities is equivalent to powering 4,300 Irish homes. Through the use of Energia’s green energy capacity, the local authorities will be directly reducing Waterford’s carbon footprint by 10,600 tonnes each year. 

The deal with Energia will also offer the three local authorities a reduction of up to 10% on its electricity bills. Energia also offer their customers an energy efficiency programme which, if fully embraced, can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.

Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Jack Walsh said “The procurement of green energy by the Local Authorities of Waterford is a positive step in the development of a sustainable green economy and reduces the need on imported fossil fuels.

Waterford City County Manager Michael Walsh said “The procurement of electricity in the deregulated energy market at cost effective prices can significantly reduce the strain on City Council’s Budget for operating utilities and services. 

Commenting on the new contract Waterford County Mayor Cllr. Tom Higgins said, “Almost 100% of Waterford County Council's electricity needs are now met from renewable energy sources and this is in keeping with the Council's Climate Change Strategy.”

Waterford County Manager, Mr. Ray O'Dwyer stated, "We constantly strive to achieve value for money and I am pleased that through our collaboration with Waterford City Council and Dungarvan Town Council we have achieved significant cost savings for all three Authorities."

Alan Mulcahy, Business Markets Manager, Energia, added: “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Waterford’s three local authorities. Energia has built up significant “green energy” resources over the past number of years and is in a great position to provide the environmentally sustainable power that large local authorities like Waterford County Council and Waterford City Council need.”

“Switching to Energia is simple and offers savings of up to ten per cent to businesses. We work with organisations both large and small in the public and private sectors throughout the country to deliver cost effective energy solutions that deliver real value for money.”

A member of the Viridian Group, Energia has 250MW of renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, the majority of which is operational with a further 300MW of wind farm projects in the development pipeline.

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