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Wind farms to power BT’s superfast broadband

6th June 2014
Wind farms to power BT’s superfast broadband

BT has signed a £440 million deal with three wind farms to secure renewable energy to help power its UK operations.

BT secured Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with wind farms in Scotland, Wales and Lancashire to provide more than 100 Megawatts (MW).

As a a major consumer of electricity in the UK, BT used around 2 Terawatt hours (TWh) in 2013/14. 

The firm has reduced the energy needed to run its business for five consecutive years, saving more than £131 million in energy costs. 

BT will purchase 50% of Fallago Rig’s output, enough to match the power consumption of its entire Scottish operations, in a deal worth around £300 million over the next two decades.

Its 15-year, £100 million agreement with Mynydd Bwllfa will provide enough electricity to match around 50% of BT’s demand in Wales.

BT has also secured a 15-year deal to purchase electricity generated by the new Heysham South Wind Farm in Lancashire, worth around £40 million. 

BT has purchased renewable energy from npower since 2000 and started to source 100% of its electricity in the UK from renewable energy after signing a new agreement with the supplier in 2012. 

The PPAs with BT are supporting the construction of both the Welsh and Lancashire sites. Pennant Walters (Mynydd Bwllfa) Ltd is currently building Mynydd Bwllfa, near Hirwaun, whilst developers The Banks Group Ltd will start construction of the three-turbine Heysham South wind farm, near Lancaster, over the next few months. 

Npower has worked with BT on all three projects, developing a new supply process in Scotland to deliver power to BT and ensure its electricity consumption is matched by equivalent volumes from Fallago Rig.