Wales & West Utilities announced as partner in Milford Haven project
Wales & West Utilities has been announced as the latest partner with Pembrokeshire County Council to deliver the Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom project.
10th March 2020 by Networks
The Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom project was launched to meet the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge.
Over £2million has been given by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to run the project, which will deliver a detailed design for the Milford Haven waterway area.
It will trial new technology, which could become a blueprint for greener local energy generation and will contribute to the UK and Welsh Government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom is a 22-month project aiming to accelerate the transition to an integrated hydrogen and renewable energy system. It will look at local renewable energy, including offshore wind and biomass, transitioning to decarbonised gas to power buildings, transport and industry, consumer trials of fuel cell vehicles and hybrid heating systems and comprehensive energy systems modelling.
The project is one of 10 ground-breaking smart energy projects across the UK which has seen a total of £21million of funding provided. Each competition winner aims to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK.
Chris Clarke, Wales & West Utilities energy strategy director, said: “We’re committed to play our part in tackling the Climate Emergency so are delighted to be part of this innovative project – which will play an important role in the green energy future.
“Green gases like hydrogen and biomethane can not only decarbonise home heating, but also help heavy industry in Wales and beyond meet Net Zero. And they can do this in a way that minimises disruption to lives and communities and keeps energy bills affordable”
Minister for business, energy and clean growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Every corner of the UK has a part to play as we eliminate our contribution to climate change entirely by 2050. This funding will deliver energy savings and reduce carbon emissions – a win-win for communities and the environment. If successful, the community pilot projects, which span from Liverpool and Coventry, to Southend and Milford Haven, could revolutionise local energy generation – bringing local communities into the frontline in the fight against climate change.”
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