Octopus Energy to repower 1,000 wind turbines

Octopus Energy Generation is partnering with turbine manufacturer EWT on plans to repower up to 1,000 existing onshore wind turbines in the UK to help boost energy security.

The older wind turbines Octopus and EWT identified are located across England, Scotland and Wales, and have already been powering communities for years. In total the UK has approximately 9,000 onshore wind turbines. By increasing the green generation capacity of around a tenth of these, there’s potential to power hundreds of thousands more homes.

Under Octopus and EWT’s plans, they will upgrade these wind turbines to more powerful and technology-enabled ones. The new EWT wind turbines will range from 250kW to 1MW. Work begins this Autumn and should be finished by 2030. Starting in the UK, they’re looking at working together on similar projects in other European countries in the future.

Octopus has already been working with EWT on two of its Fan Club turbines in Caerphilly, Wales and Market Weighton, Yorkshire. They’re expanding this relationship and are also exploring whether some of these re-energised wind turbines could be brought onto a Fan Club-style model. Octopus Energy’s Fan Club is a world-first tariff providing cheaper energy when the wind blows.

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