Jan 19, 2021

Octopus Energy launches two wind-linked tariffs in Wales

Wind
Renewables
Wales
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Welsh customers will receive 50 percent off their electricity bills on windy days
Welsh customers will receive 50 percent off their electricity bills on windy days...

Octopus Energy customers in Wales are being enticed by an innovative tariff whereby stonger winds leads to lower prices.

The first 400 residents in Market Weighton (postcode YO43) will receive 50 percent off electricity when winds are "above a fresh breeze" (8m/s), while a similar number in Caerphilly (CF81 and NP24 postcodes) will receive 50 percent off electricity bills when winds are "above a strong breeze" (10.8m/s).

The Octopus Fan Club costs £52 a year and any electricity used while the local turbines are spinning automatically gives a 20 percent discount. 

Octopus Energy Group recently signed a major strategic partnership with Tokyo Gas, in a deal that values the UK entech pioneer in excess of $2 billion (£1.45 billion). 

The agreement will see Octopus Energy and Tokyo Gas launch the Octopus Energy brand in Japan, operated by TG Octopus Energy, a 30:70 joint venture backed by working capital and growth funding provided by Tokyo Gas (click here). The company is also planning to expand in New Zealand.

As with much of the UK, Wales is busy riding the renewables wave, with the Welsh Government targeting 70 percent of electricity demand from renewables by 2030. 

RES has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for its Upper Ogmore Wind Farm and energy storage project, which would supply around 21,000 homes with clean, low cost electricity every year.

Shearwater Energy is developing a wind-SMR (Small Modular Reactor) and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales and RenewableUK Cymru, the trade association for the renewable energy industry, recently welcomed the Port of Milford Haven as its latest member.

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Jul 22, 2021

Octopus Renewables buys Eclipse Power

OctopusRenewables
Renewables
Acquisitions
UK
Dominic Ellis
3 min
The deal, completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector

Octopus Renewables has strengthened its electricity distribution profile by fully acquiring Eclipse Power for an undisclosed sum.

The deal, which was completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector, having worked with Eclipse since 2018. It will allow Eclipse to continue the expansion of its team, while also investing in its systems, technology, and pipeline, with the ambition of making it one of UK’s leading IDNOs.

Eclipse has secured a portfolio of more than 10,000 connections across residential, industrial, commercial, battery storage and electric vehicle charging customers. Given the focus on electrification of heat, transport and industry in the UK, Eclipse is expected to play an important role in facilitating the UK’s energy transition.

Octopus Renewables is the largest investor of utility scale solar power in Europe, as well as a leading investor in onshore wind and biomass, managing a global portfolio valued at more than £3.5 billion. Institutional investor Nest partnered with the company in March.

Peter Dias, Investment Director, Octopus Renewables, said: “Having worked with Eclipse since 2018 and seeing their exciting growth, we’re thrilled to be able to make this acquisition and support the team to maintain this momentum.

“The acquisition of Eclipse is part of our strategy to identify and back great management teams that are supporting the energy transition. With ongoing support and investment, our investee businesses will have access to the expertise, business networks and financing to be able to scale faster and help contribute towards the UK’s net-zero goals.

“High-quality management of the distribution networks is going to be critical for the UK, and we are very pleased to be directly supporting the decarbonisation of heat, transport, and industry through this acquisition of Eclipse.”

Gary Gay, Managing Director, Eclipse, added Octopus shares a clear understanding of the important role that electricity distribution networks will play in the UK’s drive towards net-zero, and importance of a customer-focussed approach for building future smart distribution networks.

“With that, we are excited to now be part of the Octopus Group, with this investment helping us to reach the next stage of our growth journey and contribute to a greener, more efficient electricity network in the UK.”

Global renewables updates

ReNew Power recently won a 200MW/ac Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar generation project in an auction conducted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company. ReNew Power expects to sign a 25-Year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility by the third fiscal quarter of 2022 to supply clean energy to Maharashtra at a tariff of Rs 2.43/ kWh (~US$0.033).

Natel Energy, a supplier of sustainable hydropower solutions, has announced a $20M funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures.
The company will use the funding to deploy its Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT), which enables cost-effective production of distributed reliable renewable energy.

Duke Energy Florida plans to invest an estimated $1 billion in 10 new solar power plants across Florida, including the construction of four new sites, which will begin in early 2022 and will take approximately 9 to 12 months to complete. Construction of all 10 sites is projected to be finished by late 2024.

LG Electronics has made public its commitment to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050 as a key component of its sustainability strategy. 

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