Jun 22, 2016

Nestlé UK to power half of operations with Scottish wind energy

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International consumer goods giant Nestlé has inked a deal to power its operations in the UK and Ireland with 50 percent renewable energy.

International consumer goods giant Nestlé has inked a deal to power its operations in the UK and Ireland with 50 percent renewable energy.

The company has entered into a 15-year partnership with Community Windpower which will see it purchasing all of the electricity generated by a new nine-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Nestlé has previously said that all of its grid-supplied electricity in the region comes from renewable sources, but the firm’s Chief Executive, Dame Fiona Kendrick, said that the new deal takes its green energy commitment “a huge step further”.

Kendrick said in a statement: “This is a newly commissioned wind farm, generating new energy, creating capacity that didn’t previously exist and capable of providing half of our electricity needs.

"It's a proud moment for us and means we have reached another key milestone in our efforts to become a sustainable business."

The wind farm is expected to be operational in the first half of next year and will generate around 125GWh of power each year.

Nestlé UK aims to decrease its carbon footprint 40 percent by 2020 when compared to a 2006 baseline.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
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Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

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).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

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.

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