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Contract win sees Electric Ireland provide 100% renewable electricity to UCC

This contract is part of the Central Government and Third Level tender 

As part of their recent €150 million contract win for Central Government and Third Level under the Office of Government Procurement Framework Agreement, Electric Ireland has announced it will provide University College Cork (UCC) with 100% renewable electricity over the next two years. The renewable electricity used for UCC will be generated from wind and biomass sources. The contract will cover 96 sites in UCC across Cork City, which altogether currently consume around 12GWh a year – the equivalent of 2,300 households.

This successful contract bid emphasises Electric Ireland’s position as industry innovators; UCC is the first and only third level institute in Ireland to be supplied electricity from 100% renewable resources by Electric Ireland as part of this OGP Framework Agreement.

Commenting on the contract win, Tony Dunlea, Electric Ireland said: “The sourcing of UCC’s electricity from 100% renewables aligns with our strategy of driving innovation in the renewables sector. For UCC to become the first third level institution in Ireland to be supplied with 100% renewable electricity as part of this OGP Framework Agreement shows a high level of trust in our experience, expertise and service delivery. We look forward to developing our relationship with UCC over the coming years, and continuing to provide the high level of service and cutting edge innovations that have come to be expected of us.”

Denis Brosnan, Energy Manager at UCC said of the new contract, “As part of our energy, sustainability and environmental policies we are always looking to incorporate a consideration of environmental issues and the concept of sustainable development into all relevant aspects of the University’s teaching research and operation activities.

“Renewable energy will be sourced to account for 100% of electricity consumed on campus, at the time the contract for energy supply was being put together UCC insisted that 100% be sourced from renewable sources. It is very important as a University to support and promote sustainability and renewable energy. At UCC we are educating students on sustainability as well as carrying out energy research on renewable technologies, and we are delighted that our electricity supplier is sourcing 100% of our consumption from renewable energy sources.”