Local Authority Electricity Generation Assets

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Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,

In order to assist my research into Local Authorities who generate and export electricity from their own energy assets I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions. I am particularly looking at grid connected assets for example solar farms, wind turbines and waste to energy plants, rather than rooftop solar installations which mostly supply electricity to the building they occupy. I’d be grateful if you could answer the following questions: -

1) Do you own or operate electricity generation assets which export to the grid?
2) If so, what technologies? And are they ‘co-located’? E.g., a solar farm with a battery.
3) How much electricity (in kWh) would you expect to be exported, per asset, per year?
4) When were the assets commissioned?
5) What is the current contractual arrangement to sell the power, to whom is it sold and what is the contract end date?
6) Does your local authority have any plans in place to acquire, build or invest in electricity generation assets in the future?

Many thanks,

Rebecca Brown

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Rebecca Brown

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 2049338

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FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Rebecca Brown,

Freedom of Information Act request holding response – Ref FOI_2049338

Further to our email dated 10/02/2023 (included below), the Information Governance Team would like to update you on the progress of your Freedom of Information request.

Our initial deadline to you is 09/03/2023. However, due to additional requirements to assess all collated information for suitability of disclosure, we have been unable to finish the full response in time to meet this deadline.

We would like to offer our apologies for the delay in supplying you with this information. Please be assured that your request has not been put on hold, and we are working to respond to your request as soon as possible.

We are finalising a response and hope to have a further update by 29/03/2023.

Kind Regards

Information Governance Team
Tel: Team 01223 699137

Information Governance Team, Box No. SCO2306, Cambridgeshire County Council, Scott House, 5 George Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3AD

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FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Rebecca Brown,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref: FOI_2049338

 

Our apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

We have considered your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act. Please find our response below.

 

Request

 

In order to assist my research into Local Authorities who generate and
export electricity from their own energy assets I would be grateful if you
could answer the following questions. I am particularly looking at grid
connected assets for example solar farms, wind turbines and waste to
energy plants, rather than rooftop solar installations which mostly supply
electricity to the building they occupy. I’d be grateful if you could
answer the following questions: -

 

1)           Do you own or operate electricity generation assets which
export to the grid?

2)           If so, what technologies? And are they ‘co-located’? E.g., a
solar farm with a battery.

3)           How much electricity (in kWh) would you expect to be
exported, per asset, per year?

4)           When were the assets commissioned?

5)           What is the current contractual arrangement to sell the
power, to whom is it sold and what is the contract end date?

6)           Does your local authority have any plans in place to acquire,
build or invest in electricity generation assets in the future?

 

Response

 

Question Answer
 1. Do you own or Yes, CCC owns and operates the 12MW Triangle Solar Farm in Soham which export to the grid. We also have solar panels installed on County Council office buildings and
operate schools that export excess electricity to the grid.
electricity
generation
assets which
export to the
grid?
 2. If so, what The solar farm is  a solar PV array with no Battery Storage System.
technologies?
And are they For County Council  buildings these are solar panels on roofs.
‘co-located’?
E.g., a solar
farm with a
battery.
 3. How much The Triangle Solar Farm generates about 12,000 MWh annually or 12,000,000kwh
electricity
(in kWh) For the solar panels on buildings, only a few have export meters attached and the data for this can be supplied if interested.  
would you
expect to be
exported, per
asset, per
year?
 4. When were the Triangle Solar Farm started operations in 2017.
assets
commissioned?  

Solar Panels on the Council buildings have been commissioned over a number of years from 2014-2022.
 5. What is the The Council entered a Power Purchase Agreement PPA with AXPO,
current
contractual contract end date: October 2023
arrangement
to sell the  
power, to
whom is it For Solar panels on roofs this is either  FIT payments, offsetting grid electricity supply or selling excess via  current electricity supplier.
sold and what
is the
contract end
date?
 6. Does your Yes.
local
authority The Council has under construction North Angle Solar Farm ( a 39MW solar farm), two Smart Energy Grids at St.Ives and Babraham Park and Ride under construction with
have any approximately 2MW of solar, EV charging, battery storage and private wires under construction. We have further projects in our pipeline.  For further details, please
plans in check the link below:
place to
acquire, [1]https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/reside...
build or
invest in
electricity
generation
assets in the
future?

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Information Governance Team

Tel: Team 01223 699137

 

Information Governance Team, Box No. SCO2306, Cambridgeshire County
Council, Scott House, 5 George Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3AD

 

 

 

 

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