Dec 19, 2018

Sumitomo acquires stake in Engie-led 992MW French offshore wind projects

Utilities
Power Generation
Olivia Minnock
1 min
Sumitomo, Engie and EDP are all developing an offshore wind project in France
Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp is purchasing a 29.5% stake in the development of a 992MW offshore wind project in France...

Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp is purchasing a 29.5% stake in the development of a 992MW offshore wind project in France.

The project is set to consist of two 496MW wind parks located at Yeu-Noirmoutier and Dieppe-Le Treport. The facilities will be developed by Eolionned en mer desIles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier (EMYN); a purpose vehicle owned by ENGIE; EDP Renovaveis; and La Banque des Terriroires, a part of French Bank Caisse des Depots (CDC).

 

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In addition to Sumitomo’s stake, ENGIE owns 31%, EDPR owns 29.5% and La Banque des Territories owns 10%.

Sumitomo Corporation has business across 66 countries and regions, with 131 office locations throughout the world, and serves over 100,000 clients. It works across metal products, infrastructure, media, real estate and resources with a particular interest in sustainable energy.

The wind farms are set to be commissioned in 2021, and will consist of 62 8MW turbines, which will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa. In total, 1,900GWh is expected to be generated annually as a result of the project, which in total is set to cost $2.28bn.

 

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

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.

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