Ørsted wind portfolio goes from strength to strength
Danish energy company Ørsted has announced that its primacy in the offshore wind market has expanded even further with Sunrise Wind, a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with Eversource, securing a fresh offshore contract with the State of New York, USA.
The proposed wind farm will have a capacity of 880MW, with an operations and maintenance hub to be situated in Port Jefferson, Long Island. The farm itself – set to become operational in 2024 – will be located 30 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island alongside Ørsted’s existing South Fork and Revolution Wind facilities.
“New York State has set an ambitious goal to be 100% powered by clean energy by 2040. We fully share that vision, and we’re proud to bring more than two decades of offshore wind expertise to the state and to be fronting the offshore wind build-out in New York with a combined 1,000MW capacity via our South Fork and Sunrise Wind projects,” said Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, in the company’s press release.
“Less than a year ago, we created the leading US offshore wind platform by merging the asset portfolios and competences of Deepwater Wind and Ørsted US. Our recent significant project wins in New Jersey and New York are proof of the strengths and quality of the combined organization.”
Ørsted’s ever-growing offshore wind presence is staggering and is certainly living up to the “Limitless supply. Limitless opportunity” strapline of its portfolio. In 2018, the company’s offshore wind projects reaped 30.6bn Danish krone and its power generation amounted to 10TWh worldwide.
This momentum is set to continue into the next decade, with expansions and additional projects springing up around the world. In 2022, for example, its enormous 1,400MW Hornsea Project Two will become operational in the UK, the turbines of which represent 20 times the power of those used for its debut offshore project, Vindeby in Denmark, in 1991. The proposed Hornsea Three would offer a capacity of 2,400MW (enough to power more than 2mn homes on a daily basis), and consultations for Hornsea Four plans recently closed in advance of developmental approval.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.