Drax’s Haven Power signs deal with Thames Water

By Drax Group | May 26, 2015

Energy will be generated from sustainable, affordable biomass. Haven Power, the specialist electricity supplier to U.K. businesses and part of Drax Group plc, has signed a deal with Thames Water to supply their electricity requirements in a deal worth more than £500 million ($769.31 million) over five years. There is an option for two further five-year renewals which could increase the overall value of the contract to more than £1.5 billion over 15 years.

Haven Power is the U.K.’s largest independent electricity supplier to businesses and sources its power from the Drax power plant in Selby, Yorkshire, which, as a result of its world leading biomass transformation, is now the U.K.’s single largest supplier of renewable energy. The deal will enable Thames Water, which already sources about 20 percent of its electricity through self-generated renewables such as solar, wind, hydro and biogas, to meet all of its electricity needs from renewables.

 “I’m delighted that Drax and Haven will play such an important part in helping to deliver Thames ‘renewable objectives,” said Drax Group Chief Executive Dorothy Thompson. “As the U.K. looks to decarbonize in an affordable and pragmatic way, it is pioneering companies like Thames that are leading the way.”

“Our energy and carbon strategy centers around reducing costs for customers and minimizing our impact on the environment,” said Thames Water Energy Manager Angus Berry. “This deal with Haven puts downward pressure on bills and means we will now be using 100 percent renewable electricity. We look forward to growing our relationship with Haven to exploit further opportunities to minimise energy costs and emissions, as well as continuing to work towards our ambitious target of self-generating 30% of our own electricity by 2020.”

Drax is undergoing a major transformation programme to convert its 4GW power station—which supplies around 8 percent of the U.K.’s power—from coal to sustainable biomass. Two out of six units have now been converted and plans are advanced to modify a third unit to high-biomass later this year. The estimated 12 million metric tons of carbon saved once three units are fully converted is equivalent to taking 10 percent of the U.K.’s total vehicle fleet off the roads and makes Drax the single largest decarbonisation project currently underway in Europe.