Council awards renewable energy contract

Philip Thompson, director of environmental services at Larne Borough Council is pictured with Alan Egner of Power NI. The company has won a contract to supply Larne Council with renewable energy for the next 12 months.INLT 28-691-CON
Philip Thompson, director of environmental services at Larne Borough Council is pictured with Alan Egner of Power NI. The company has won a contract to supply Larne Council with renewable energy for the next 12 months.INLT 28-691-CON

Electricity supplier Power NI has won a contract to supply Larne Borough Council with renewable energy for the next 12 months.

The contract was secured following a competitive tender, which saw the council join forces with a further 19 local authorities in the tender process to maximise their spending power and secure the best possible deal for each council authority and their local ratepayers.

Power NI will supply two sites in Larne - the Town Hall on Upper Cross Street and the swimming pool at the leisure centre on Tower Road, both of which are very popular public facilities.

Announcing the contract win, Alan Egner, commercial sales and marketing manager, Power NI said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract with Larne Borough Council following a competitive process.

“In March last year the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s Strategic Energy Framework set a target of 40 per cent of all energy used to be secured from renewable sources by 2020.

“We will be working closely with Larne Borough Council over the next 12 months to help them in their efforts towards this goal and this contract is a great start.

“As a result of being supplied with ‘green’ energy from renewable sources, the councils will be saving 22,470 tonnes of CO2.”

Philip Thompson, director of environmental services at Larne Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have secured Power NI as our renewable energy provider.

“In coming together to harness our collective purchasing power we have secured a competitive deal for Larne Borough Council and we are ensuring our energy supply comes from renewable resources which is a real priority for the council and ensures our contribution to the wider Programme for Government targets.”

The other local authorities included in the 12-month Power NI contract are as follows:

Ards Borough Council; Antrim Borough Council; Armagh City and District Council; Ballymoney Borough Council; Banbridge District Council; Belfast City Council; Castlereagh Borough Council; Coleraine Borough Council; Cookstown District Council; Craigavon Borough Council; Derry City Council; Down District Council; Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council; Fermanagh District Council; Limavady Borough Council; Lisburn City Council; Newry and Mourne District Council; North Down Borough Council and Strabane District Council.