Scottish Water generates more than double the amount of electricity than it consumes – and keeps its standing charges £42 lower than England-and-Wales rivals

Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, MP, at a Scottish Water works.
Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, MP, at a Scottish Water works.

Which Scotland-based major utility owns and operates more than 29 hydro turbines, 18 small-scale wind turbines, 24 solar schemes, three biomass plans and three CHP plants?

And which Scotland-based major utility keeps its annual standing charge £42 lower in Scotland than they are in England and Wales?

Think you know the answer? It’s got to be the one based in Glasgow? Or the other one based in Pearth, surely?

WRONG! It’s actually Scottish Water – there was a clue in the headline above – and, unlike the other two, it’s still in the public sector.

And Scottish Water has now achieved a re-new-able milestone and, as a result, the amount of ‘green’ energy the company generates and facilitates is now more than double its own electricity consumption.

Through a combination of Scottish Water’s own investment in renewable energy and hosting private investment on its estate, the utility generates and hosts 923 Gigawatt hour (GWh) per annum of renewable energy.

The figure, which is UK industry leading in terms of facilitated generation, is enough to power more than 300,000 homes for a year.

In just three years, Scottish Water has raised the annual financial benefits of its efforts to reduce its energy bill and increase renewable generation to more than £8m and facilitated more than £390m of private investment on its estate.

More than 70 of the company’s water and wastewater treatment works are either self-sufficient or partly sufficient in their power requirements, leading to lower operating costs and a more sustainable business.

Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, MP, commented: “As a result, Scottish Water is making a significant contribution to Scotland’s national economic, carbon and renewable energy targets.

“This helps to ensure that charges are kept as low as possible with average household water charges £42 lower in Scotland than they are in England and Wales.

“This work feeds into our environmental targets which will help make Scotland a cleaner and greener place to live and provide other businesses and public sector organisations with the confidence to invest in renewable power.”

3 Mar 2018


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