Friday, 14 June 2013

MP congratulates Yorkshire Water on aiming for energy-neutral sewage treatment works


On the 13th June, our Chief Executive, Richard Flint welcomed the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Ed Davey MP for a tour of our pioneering waste water treatment works, as we aim to generate all the energy used by the works on site.

At our Esholt site we are in the process of commissioning a new Bio-Energy facility which will turbo-charge the existing anaerobic digestion plant with a new innovative process, turning waste into energy and recycling essential nutrients back to agriculture.

On an inaugural visit to Esholt, the Secretary of State launched a new phase of the Government's Energy Entrepreneurs Fund and congratulated us on its brand new ATC Gasification technology which takes it a step closer to generating all of its energy needs.

Together with our technical partners Intervate, we have been awarded £1m from the most recent Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, which is for development of innovative projects in power generation. The grant will contribute to delivery of Advanced Thermal Conversion (ATC) Gasification, using sewage sludge and screenings as fuel to generate electricity.

The latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund amounts to £16m and will be awarded to 30 organisations.

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “I was genuinely impressed by Yorkshire Water’s commitment to on-site electricity generation and I congratulate the company on their efforts.

“I want to see more and more businesses and communities generate their own energy, reduce their energy usage, cut carbon, and benefit from lower bills.

“It’s great to see first-hand how the £1m of funding that the Government was able to provide has had a successful impact. Today I’m calling for more exciting and innovative projects in Yorkshire, and across the country, to come forward and make their case for a share of £19m of funding for energy entrepreneurs.”

Our Chief executive Richard Flint said: “We’re serious about our commitment to reducing our energy usage and generating much more ourselves.

“We know that energy bills are rising and we need to take steps to protect our customers from the impact of these rises. Generating our own electricity is the logical way to do this and is part of our Blueprint for Yorkshire.

“Our comprehensive programme of investment has been bolstered by this £1m grant from the government.

“Last year we reduced our energy use by 3%, saving 8,700 tonnes of carbon – the same amount as produced if you drive around the world 1,500 times. We’re investing over £100m in energy, this includes seven new anaerobic digestion plants in the next two years, which will help bring down our energy bills and protect our customers from this cost.

“We are proud to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard and are committed to taking the green agenda forward in Yorkshire. We aim to generate around 16% of our energy needs by the end of 2015."

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