Haven Power lands renewable energy contract with Ford
Ipswich, UK-based energy supplier Haven Power has secured a renewable electricity contract with automotive giant Ford to supply renewable electricity to three of its manufacturing plants across the UK.
The contract, amounting to 250GWh a year in total, is a positive step towards Ford’s goal of powering each of its global manufacturing facilities with 100% renewable electricity by 2035, and its long-term aspiration of achieving zero air-based emissions across those plants.
“Our industrial and commercial customers are looking to their energy supplier to lead the way in sustainability and reducing carbon emissions,” said Paul Sheffield, Managing Director of Drax Customers at Haven Power and Opus Energy, in Haven’s press release.
“Large businesses are putting the environment at the top of their agenda and expect renewable power as standard, but they also want the flexibility to track wholesale energy prices and ensure they’re getting the best deal.”
He added: “At our Ipswich office, we’re showing how sustainability can be achieved. By practising what we preach we are turning our office into a truly energy efficient building and reducing our CO2 emissions at the same time.”
In addition, to updating its lighting systems with LED-based alternatives, Haven has installed nearly 500sqm of solar panels at its Ipswich office, and they’re expected to cover 36% of electricity needs for 2019.
Another major element of Ford’s sustainability plan comes in its new electrified vehicle range. The company is aiming for 50% of its new vehicle sales to be contain electrified powertrains by the end of 2022.
“With electrification fast becoming the mainstream, we are substantially increasing the number of electrified models and powertrain options for our customers to choose from to suit their needs,” said Stuart Rowley, President of Ford of Europe, in a September 2019 press release.
“By making it easier than ever to seamlessly shift into an electrified vehicle, we expect the majority of our passenger vehicle sales to be electrified by the end of 2022.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.