Drax delivers renewable source Scottish hydro power for Allied Glass
11th May 2022
We’re delighted to announce a new agreement to supply Allied Glass with 66GWh p.a. of renewable source electricity from one of our Scottish run of river hydro-electric stations.
The Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) allows Allied Glass to use hydro-backed Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates to support its carbon reduction goals, linked to the generation at the Galloway hydro scheme.
Renewable source Scottish hydro power
The CPPA means that Allied Glass can state with authority where their energy is sourced from and will help the business to further reduce its carbon emissions – already down by more than 10% since 2015.
Valpy Fitzgerald, Director of Renewables and Sustainable Commodities at Drax, said “We’re delighted to partner with Allied Glass to provide them with renewable source electricity, as well as Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) from our Galloway hydro scheme.”
“Renewable energy is increasingly important to organisations as they look for ways to decarbonise – and being on supply with our renewable source electricity is a simple first step. Our Galloway CPPA presents another opportunity for our customers to demonstrate their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials while making significant progress towards achieving net zero.”
“Knowing exactly where our electricity comes from helps us continue towards our 2025 sustainability targets”
CPPAs offer the opportunity to point to a named source of renewable power, offering employees, customers, and investors more tangible evidence of the source of an organisation’s power.
Being able to attribute renewable power to a named generator can also support organisations in their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals. Galloway REGOs help to promote commitment to sustainability, attract new investment and address other stakeholder’s sustainability concerns.
Alan Henderson, CEO at Allied Glass, said “We chose to source our renewable power from Drax’s Galloway Hydro Scheme, as knowing exactly where our electricity comes from helps us continue towards our 2025 sustainability targets.
“We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that the materials and resources we use are sustainable. Renewable electricity is very much part of that process.”
“We’re very happy that we can say our operations are powered by renewable source electricity. It’s important for us as a business to be able to operate with a low impact on the environment. Electricity and renewable certification from Drax helps us to demonstrate that to our customers, which is becoming more important.”
Galloway Hydro Scheme
With construction completed in 1936, the Galloway Hydro Scheme began generating electricity and today produces enough to power over 200,000 homes. The Galloway Hydro Scheme is made up of:
The scheme only generates power in response to rising electricity demand, helping to provide grid stability in an environmentally low-impact way. The dams store the water in reservoirs and, when demand peaks (usually between 5pm and 7pm), the water’s released and used to spin the turbines that generate the renewable electricity.
Low-carbon energy generation
The Galloway Hydro Scheme is one of several dispatchable, low-carbon generation assets we operate. With our hydropower sites at Galloway and Cruachan, and our sustainably sourced biomass at Drax Power Station, we’re helping to keep the lights on across the UK with low-carbon energy generation.
To learn more about our CPPA with Allied Glass, download the case study below.Download case study