Combined onshore wind business takes
A major new wind energy business was created this week with the uniting of Nuon Renewables and Vattenfall’s onshore wind power interests. The move creates one of the UK’s largest onshore wind farm developers.
The new business will take the Vattenfall name and operate from offices in Penzance, Swansea, Hexham and Edinburgh. The combined development portfolio with 14 projects in England, Wales and Scotland totalling more than 624 megawatts (MW) puts Vattenfall amongst the largest players in onshore wind power development in the UK.
In 2009 Nuon Renewables was acquired by Vattenfall when the Swedish firm bought Dutch utility Nuon. Until now Nuon Renewables in the UK has operated independently of its parent company.
Vattenfall’s new Head of Onshore Wind Development in the UK is to be Piers Guy, the former Head of Development at Nuon Renewables. He said: “I am enormously proud to be leading an exceptional team of people who are committed to delivering productive wind farms, with strong environmental credentials that provide clear, local benefits to communities hosting our projects. This larger Vattenfall onshore wind business in the UK is now very substantial and with the support of the UK and devolved Governments could invest nearly £1billion by 2020 and make a telling contribution to meeting green energy targets and creating jobs.”
Peter Wesslau, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said: “Vattenfall’s strategy to invest significantly in wind power as a way to help tackle our carbon impact led to the decision to enter the UK market in 2008. The acquisition of Dutch utility Nuon in 2009, and the decision to unite the two organisations, has now allowed us to strengthen that commitment to wind power in the UK even further.”
Vattenfall also has interests in offshore wind and wave power in the UK.