Marks & Spencer to power all Scottish stores with renewable energy

by Search Gate staff. Published Sun 29 Nov 2009 11:26
M&S; goes 100% green across Scotland

Retail giants Marks & Spencer has purchased the equivalent renewable electricity to power all its Scottish stores and offices.

Marks & Spencer has signed a four-year agreement with SmartestEnergy, which was coordinated by the retailer's energy consultant, Inenco, and is another major step towards achieving the retailer’s Plan A objective to source or generate 100% ‘green’ electricity for M&S; stores, offices and distribution centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Under the contract, all the electricity will be sourced from independent renewable generation sites in Scotland. Through these contracts, SmartestEnergy directly supports local small scale independent generators and gives them a route to market for their electricity.

Mervyn Bowden, Head of Energy Management at Marks & Spencer, said: “Sourcing our electricity from independent renewable generation is an important part of our wider commitment to the environment through Plan A, our 100 point eco-plan. SmartestEnergy was the only supplier that provided this innovative arrangement supporting the local renewable generation sector, and we are delighted to be working with them under this exciting contract.”

SmartestEnergy is the only supplier in the UK that allows business customers to specify the exact generation project they want their renewable electricity to be sourced from. SmartestEnergy can secure renewable power that can be tracked from source to supply because it is backed by certificates guaranteeing the origin of the power.

This is possible because of the size and diversity of SmartestEnergy’s portfolio of renewable electricity. As the leading purchaser of independent generation in the UK, SmartestEnergy specialises in offering small scale, independent generators a route to market for their electricity through power purchase agreements. SmartestEnergy has agreements with over 400 generation sites across the UK, giving it a portfolio of over 1500MW of electricity.

Jo Butlin, VP for Retail at SmartestEnergy, said: “We are delighted to be working with Marks & Spencer. The group has shown itself as a true leader not only in industry but also in its commitment to the environment and the local community. If we want to meet our renewable energy and climate change targets it is essential that we support independent generators who are fundamental in helping us bridge the forthcoming energy gap in a cost-effective and environmentally-responsible way. Corporate demand can help support these generators and Marks & Spencer are leading the way”.

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