NI Water announces deal with GO Power for electricity supply
NI Water has awarded a £58 million contract for its electricity over the next two years.
The water supplier is the largest consumer of power in Northern Ireland. It signed a deal with Cookstown-based company GO Power.
A total of 30% of NI Water's electricity will come from renewable sources, bringing the company closer to the Stormont Assembly's target of 40% of electricity through green technology by 2020.
Ronan Larkin, director of finance and regulation with NI Water, said: "We are confident the terms of the contract will provide excellent value for money for NI Water while meeting our own environmental target of 40% renewable by 2021.
""It is often a surprise to people that NI Water is the largest consumer of electricity.
"However, with over 26,700km of water mains and 15,250km of sewers and thousands of assets to maintain, electricity is an essential component of our provision of water and wastewater services throughout Northern Ireland."
Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy said it was good news for the economy and environment.
"This contract will further deliver NI Water's policy of being an environmentally friendly and responsible organisation," he added.