Wind developers Infinergy, energy company Vattenfall and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV have set up a new initiative for the Corporate Power Purchase Agreement market in the Netherlands: the Dutch Corporate PPA Collective. Royal HaskoningDHV is the first of what is to become a collective of corporate clients of Windpark Ferrum, Infinergy’s newly constructed 7MW wind farm in IJmuiden. Zero-carbon electricity generated by the wind farm is monitored ‘real time’ and matched against Royal HaskoningDHV’s demand at any given moment, using data technology supplied by Vattenfall. Any over-supply can be sold to other clients; moments of under-supply are met by other renewable sources through Vattenfall.

Green energy directly from the windmill

Infinergy’s Tjiwolt Wierda said: “So far, corporate renewable energy PPAs have mainly been developed for large multinationals with huge energy demands, such as Google and IKEA. We are now offering a similar opportunity for smaller scale companies who are looking to improve their green credentials. Four of Royal HaskoningDHV’s offices in the Netherlands will be getting this green energy directly from the windmill totalling about 4 gigawatthour per year, whilst Windpark Ferrum’s annual output will be around 25. We are now welcoming more Dutch businesses and other organisations to join our collective, purchasing home-grown, zero-carbon electricity to run their operations.”

Dashboards developed by Vattenfall offices will show how Royal HaskoningDHV’s demand and the wind farm’s supply are matched on a moment-by-moment basis. By its very nature, wind energy is variable, and discrepancies between supply and demand are likely. However, thanks to Vattenfall’s range of renewable energy sources, clients of the PPA collective are guaranteed to be supplied with electricity from green sources only.

Eric Suichies, Head of Markets at Vattenfall, said: “Vattenfall’s objective is to create a carbon-free society within one generation, an aim that can only be achieved by working together. Initiatives like these bring us a step closer to a sustainable future. By providing a direct connection between the source of energy and the point of consumption, the link between supply and demand becomes more meaningful, and increasing this awareness is vital for more sustainable decision making.”

Practise what you preach

Frits Smedts, Director Facilities of Royal HaskoningDHV said: “Royal HaskoningDHV provides advice on how businesses and organisations can reduce their energy use and make it more sustainable.

By signing a corporate PPA with Windpark Ferrum, the company puts its money where its mouth is, demonstrating our commitment to decarbonising the energy market.

Frits Smedts

Director Facilities Royal HaskoningDHV