Eneco signs long-term PPA with Albert Heijn for Ecowende Offshore Wind Farm

Eneco has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with supermarket chain Albert Heijn for the yet-to-be-built wind farm by Ecowende (Hollandse Kust (west) VI). The agreement with Eneco will ensure the availability of sustainable power for 15 years, and will therefore contribute to further increasing the sustainability of the supermarket chain.

Albert Heijn’s climate target is an emissions-free supply chain (net zero) by 2050. Its own shops, distribution centres and offices are already fully climate-neutral, which is due to the switch to 100% Dutch wind power in early 2021. A completely carbon-free chain requires smart energy management. For example, electric vehicles can be charged faster at times when there is plenty of solar or wind power, and batteries can be used to provide electricity at times when solar and wind power are not available. In this way, they are adapting to the less predictable power supply and together Eneco and Albert Heijn are creating the energy system of the future.

Reducing climate impact

The long-term cooperation with Eneco for sustainable electricity is part of the ongoing programme to increase the sustainability of the supermarket chain and the entire chain in which Albert Heijn operates. Albert Heijn wants to minimise the climate impact of its operations. The energy purchased by Albert Heijn from the Ecowende wind farm will be used directly to increase the sustainability of the chain, including power for home delivery and supplying the shops. It is an important step towards a climate-neutral chain, minimising carbon emissions.

“Wind energy is considered an important part of reducing carbon emissions, which is something we as Albert Heijn are continuously making strides towards. The strategic partnership with Eneco, which will involve us buying power from the new wind farm to meet half of our own power needs, is therefore perfectly in line with our ambitions to achieve a chain with zero carbon emissions in 2050,” said Marit van Egmond, CEO of Albert Heijn.

As Tempelman, CEO of Eneco: “Albert Heijn is showing strong leadership, not just by setting clear climate goals but also by continuously taking concrete steps towards fulfilling its ambitions. A well thought out strategy for energy supply is very important, both to reduce the carbon emissions and simultaneously to keep costs manageable. Through this great partnership we continue to contribute towards a successful energy transition leading to a sustainable the Netherlands.”

Unique offshore wind farm

Ecowende wind farm is the world’s first offshore wind farm to be built in harmony with nature. This will involve measures being taken to minimise the impact on the natural habitat of birds and bats, marine mammals and other marine life during the construction and operation of the park. This should result in a thriving underwater world being created around the park at a distance of 53 kilometres off the coast of IJmuiden. With an installed capacity of about 760 MW, Ecowende will be able to green about 3% of the current Dutch electricity demand. The park will be operational by the end of 2026. Source: Eneco

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