Independent energy provider Energia has won a new dual-fuel energy supply contract to provide 33 city and county VECs around Ireland with gas and renewable electricity.
Energia is anticipating that the VECs will make a saving of 14,500 tonnes of CO2 each year by using the renewable energy it supplies.
The utility says it will be supplying a total of 28 gigawatts (GW) of "green" electricity and 18GW hours of gas each year. The VECs included are in Cavan, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
Alan Mulcahy, business markets manager, Energia, said the company has already contracted 409MW of operational renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, with a further 540MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland."
"Energia has consistently been one of the largest investors in the renewable sector, having invested a significant €200m in the last two years in over 100MW of wholly owned wind-farm developments and supporting €1bn of investment in 650MW of third-party wind farms," said Mulcahy.
Right now, Energia has a 28pc market share of the business electricity and gas market on an all-island basis, with more than 65,000 customers.
The group recently signed a preliminary off-take agreement to purchase the electricity generated from the pioneering wave energy converter being operated by US firm Ocean Energy Systems (OES) off Belmullet, Co Mayo.
Energia supplies 20pc of all gas consumed in Ireland by the country’s business gas users, while it also supplies conventionally generated electricity from two major gas-fired generating stations in Dublin.
It is a member of the Viridian Group and has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.