Irish energy firm inks green power deal with M&S

12 Feb 2010

Marks & Spencer in Ireland has signed a renewable electricity contract with Irish energy provider Energia.

The new contract runs from April 2010 until 2013 as M&S seeks to achieve 100pc green electricity generation for its stores, offices and distribution centres in the Republic of Ireland.

“Securing this contract with Energia means we can continue to source green electricity equivalent to the amount used by our Republic of Ireland and stores and offices. The contract also strengthens our market-leading commitment to encouraging local small third-party generators, including some of our own suppliers, to develop renewable electricity,” said Mervyn Bowden, head of energy management at Marks & Spencer.

“Energia and Marks & Spencer have been working together for some time to achieve environment and cost savings. These initiatives not only benefit Marks & Spencer but the whole community,” said Gavin McLean, Marks & Spencer account manager with Energia.

“We are delighted to have extended our supply relationship with Marks and Spencer. Energia has built up significant ‘green energy’ resources over the past number of years and is in a great position to provide the environmentally sustainable power that large organisations like Marks & Spencer need,” he added. 

Energia has a 25pc market share of the business electricity market on an all–island basis with 40,000 customers.

The company’s power stations at Huntstown in Dublin have the capability to supply up to 17pc of Ireland’s electricity requirements on an all-island basis. The company also supplies 20pc of all gas consumed in Ireland by the country’s largest industrial and commercial gas users.

Photo: Announcing the Marks & Spencer and Energia energy deal are Mervyn Bowden, Head of Energy Management, Marks & Spencer, and Gavin McLean, Energia

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