Friday, May 3, 2013

Scottish Water invests in wind to reduce energy bill

Scottish Water has installed ten "small-scale" wind turbines at its Stornoway wastewater treatment works to help reduce its energy bill, the water firm announced today.
Scottish Water said the project is the first of its kind in Scotland and the turbines could generate up to 500KW of electricity per day.
The turbines, constructed by turbine manufacturers Evance, forms part of a wider investment programme by Scottish Water Horizons, the utility's commercial subsidiary, in renewable generation schemes across Scotland.
Eddie Johnstone, project manager with Scottish Water's energy team, said the firm hoped the wind project would be the first of many similar schemes in the future.
"We are looking to take advantage of the Western Isles natural wind resource to assist in reducing Scottish Water's energy costs. Scottish Water needs a significant amount of energy to provide services to the people of Scotland. We want to produce more of our own power to reduce our energy bill. We want to do this for the benefit of our customers, while helping to meet Scotland's renewable energy targets," he said.
"Small-scale wind development at our treatment works such as Stornoway is one of the ways we can achieve this. The energy generated here will help to power the treatment works, meaning we need to purchase less energy as a result."