Ferrum Wind Farm, Royal HaskoningDHV and Vattenfall set up Dutch Corporate PPA Collective

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Ferrum Wind Farm, Royal HaskoningDHV and Vattenfall have entered into a so-called ‘Dutch Corporate PPA Collective’. Royal HaskoningDHV purchases the electricity directly from Ferrum Wind Farm for 10 years. At times when the wind farm is not producing enough, Vattenfall supplements it with electricity from other sustainable sources.

Ferrum Wind Farm comprises 3 Enercon E92 wind turbines on the Tata Steel company site in IJmuiden. These turbines with an installed capacity of 2.35 MW each have a hub height of 85 m and a tip height of 131 m.

In June 2019, the go-ahead was given for the construction of the wind farm. Construction was completed in May this year. At the moment the wind farm is in the test phase. The project is owned by energy developer Infinergy and Windcollectief Noord-Holland B.V., an initiative of a wind energy cooperative and private wind turbine operators in North Holland.

The wind farm has an installed capacity of 7 MW, good for an annual electricity production of approximately 25 GWh. Via Guarantees of Origin (GOs), about 4 GWh is reserved for 4 Royal HaskoningDHV offices. The remaining 21 GWh is available for companies and organizations that want to join this so-called ‘Dutch Corporate PPA Collective’. This makes a CPPA a lot more accessible for medium-sized power consumers.

Through an online dashboard developed by Vattenfall, Royal HaskoningDHV can see in real time to what extent the wind farm meets the electricity demand. On various screens, employees and visitors will soon be able to see how much green energy from the wind farm is being used at any time.

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.”

Frits Smedts, director Services Royal HaskoningDHV
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.

Eric Suichies, Head of Markets at Vattenfall, said: “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.”