UK high street retailer the John Lewis Partnership has signed a new energy supply deal which will provide a major boost to renewable generation projects owned by communities, farmers and small businesses across the UK.
The agreement will see SmartestEnergy, which buys electricity from hundreds of independent generation projects, supply more than 380 Waitrose and John Lewis sites with 100% renewable electricity.
Nigel Keen, Director of Property Services for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “As a responsible retailer, the Partnership aims to source sustainably across its supply chains and this agreement provides us with full transparency over where our energy is coming from.
“Working with SmartestEnergy means we can support independent renewable generators and contribute to progress towards the UK’s target for 15% of energy demand to be met from renewable sources by 2020.”
Robert Groves, Chief Executive Officer, at Smartest Energy, explained: “This represents our biggest contract to date and is a real vote of confidence in our abilities as an independent supplier to meet the energy needs of one of the UK’s most respected high street names.
“We have worked very closely with the Partnership’s energy buying team over the past six months and been very impressed both with their approach to sustainability and genuine interest in the energy entrepreneurs we work with.
“This agreement is good news for the growing number of independent renewable generators in the UK as continued expansion in demand for green energy ensures they have a route to market for their power.”
For examples, projects SmartestEnergy buys electricity from include:
· A wind turbine at family-run Dewlay Cheesemakers in Lancashire. The speciality cheese producer uses traditional handcrafting techniques alongside modern technology and the turbine has significantly reduced its energy costs.
· The Udny Community Turbine in Aberdeenshire which has been developed by local residents and is generating around £100,000 a year to support good causes in the area.