ESB in the UK
Creating a Brighter Future
ESB expands into the UK as a customer and business energy supplier
For more than 90 years, ESB has been trusted to supply energy to domestic and business customers across the island of Ireland. Through our Electric Ireland retail brand we have also been supplying gas and electricity to residential and business customers in Northern Ireland.
In 2017, ESB was proud to extend this services to Great Britain through ESB Energy. We entered the GB energy supply market with our pledge to be the most innovative, responsible and easy to deal with gas and electricity supplier in Great Britain.
ESB activity in the UK
For more than 25 years, we have been supporting Britain’s transition to a low carbon future by investing in flexible and renewable generation assets, including the UK’s most efficient thermal power plant, wind and biomass technologies.
Following market liberalisation in 1992, ESB was one of the first independent power producers to enter Great Britain. Our first investment was in Corby Power Station in Northamptonshire and from there we invested significantly in the UK energy landscape with wind farms in West Durham, Fullabrook and Mynydd y Betws.
Today, we continue to develop a pipeline of low carbon and renewable technologies some of which include the following;
Carrington Power Station
In 2017 we opened Carrington Power Station (880MW), a combined cycle gas turbine power station, on the site of an old coal plant near Manchester. Our Carrington station now supplies energy to one million homes in the Greater Manchester area. It is the first large scale gas fired station in Great Britain since 2013 and is one of the most flexible and efficient plants in the UK market, providing fast back-up to intermittent wind and solar energy.
Wind farms in Scotland
ESB has earmarked 800MW of clean electricity generation in Scotland, primarily onshore wind. Working in partnership with windfarm developers, including development partnerships with Coriolis and REG Holdings.
In 2017, we announced a Development Services Agreement with REG holdings, spanning two concept-stage wind farms in Scotland (Knockodhar and Greenburn).
ESB has 11 windfarms in development, aiming to bring its total investment in onshore wind across Great Britain to more than one gigawatt by 2030.
It is anticipated that Knockodhar could accommodate up to 50 turbines and Greenburn, approximately 15 turbines; together the two wind farms will have a combined capacity of approximately 200 MW.
This new investment adds to ESB’s existing platform of 400 MW, which is being developed in partnership with Coriolis Energy alongside an additional partnership with Savills to deliver a further 35 MW project.
ESB Electric Vehicle Solutions
ESB believes in the electrification of transport as a means to creating a clean energy future. Over the last 10 years, we developed one of the first fully interoperable EV charging networks in Europe, comprising 1,100 public charge points across the island of Ireland. We are bringing that expertise to the GB market in partnership with Transport for London by installing, operating, maintaining and commercialising charging infrastructure for the London taxi fleet.
ESB and Tilbury Biomass Plant
ESB and UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) are jointly investing in a new £190m renewable power facility at the Port of Tilbury, Essex. The investment marks ESB’s first investment in the UK’s biomass sector with the plant generating green electricity from waste wood. The Tilbury Green Power facility will have capacity of around 40 megawatts (MW) and will produce up to 319,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year – enough to supply around 97,000 average homes, and will play a valuable role in the UK meeting its target for producing 20% of its energy from renewable sources. The plant will utilise around 270,000 tonnes of waste wood sourced from the region.
ESB and Knottingley Power Project
ESB plans to develop a modern and efficient Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at the site of the former Oxiris Chemical works, east Knottingley, Yorkshire. The proposed 1,500 MW power station will use natural gas and will generate enough electricity to supply up to two million homes.
Keeping the lights on in Northern Ireland
NIE Networks develops and maintains the network to meet evolving needs of our customers. By providing energy services for over 860,000 residential and business customers we are bringing a brighter, cleaner future to Northern Ireland.
Investing in renewable energy, from waste wood to windRead more
Our growing portfolio of low carbon generation in the UK has been further expanded in 2018 with the opening of a new 40MW biomass station in Tilbury Docks, which runs on waste wood from the construction sector in the Greater London area.
We are also investing significantly in onshore wind, with nine existing wind farms in GB and Northern Ireland and another eleven under development in Scotland, bringing our wind capacity to over 1GW in the UK.