Airtricity

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SSE Airtricity, Ltd
Subsidiary of SSE plc
Founded Dublin, Ireland (1997)
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
Stephen Wheeler - CEO
Products Electricity, Gas
Number of employees
750
Website www.sseairtricity.com

SSE Airtricity (previously Eirtricity) was founded in Ireland in 1997 and is now an energy company owned by SSE plc. It is an international wind farm developer.

History[edit]

The company was founded as Eirtricity (derived from the word Éire, Irish for "Ireland") in 1997 by Eddie O'Connor, developed generation capacity in Ireland based in counties Cavan, Donegal, Sligo and Wexford construction, though only 7 of a planned 200 turbines were actually built. The company changed its name to Airtricity in 2002. It rebranded as SSE Airtricity in February 2014.

In 2007 Airtricity was named 'The No.1 Best Company to Work For in Ireland' by the Great Place To Work Institute.[1]

The company sold its North American assets in October 2007 to the German Group E.ON for approximately $1.4bn.[2] The company was sold to Scottish and Southern Energy (now SSE plc) in January 2008 for approximately €1.1b.[3]

On 15 January 2009, Airtricity obtained consent from the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management for construction of the West Rhine (Dutch: West-Rijn) wind farm 40 kilometres off the Dutch North Sea coast. The wind farm will consist of up to 72 wind turbines with a total potential power capacity of around 260 MW.[4]

Eddie O'Connor left Airtricity in 2008 and founded Mainstream Renewable Power.[5]

In October 2009 SSE announced that the renewable energy division of Airtricity would be rebranded as SSE Renewables as on 1 January 2010[6]

In May 2010 Airtricity announced that it would be entering the domestic gas market in the Republic of Ireland.[7] Airtricity came under fire in 2010 for an alleged lack of compassion in disconnecting customers with a good bill-paying record.[8]

Description[edit]

Airtricity truck

SSE Airtricity is owned by Scottish and Southern Energy as of 15 February 2008 and now describes itself as "the renewable arm of Scottish and Southern Energy Group".[9]

As of May 2008, the company had 24 wind farms in operation throughout Ireland and the UK, with a total nameplate capacity of over 600 MW. A further 7 wind farms totaling over 100 MW are under construction. Construction of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm has shortly, with a peak capacity of 500 MW using 140 x 3.6 MW Siemens turbines.[10] These included:

SSE Airtricity supplies electricity in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to industrial and residential customers.[12][13] In the Republic of Ireland it competes with ESB Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy, while in Northern Ireland it competes with Viridian, Phoenix Natural Gas, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) and ESB Electric Ireland.

Sponsorship[edit]

In 2010, SSE Airtricity signed a three-year deal to become the primary sponsor of the League of Ireland.[14]

SSE Airtricity currently sponsors the Dublin Marathon and the Great Wall Marathon in Northern Ireland.

SSE Airtricity is also a principal sponsor of the Eco Schools programme.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airtricity invites funding applications edie.net
  2. ^ "E.ON AG Buys Airtricity North America for $1.4 Billion". 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Airtricity Announces Sale to SSE". 
  4. ^ "Renewable Energy – Save Up To 13%". Airtricity. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Wind Energy: Mainstream Renewable Power". The Telegraph (London). 2009-04-28. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Airtricity’s renewable energy development business to be renamed SSE Renewables". 
  7. ^ Airtricity enters gas market & creates 200 jobs
  8. ^ Pope, Conor. "A sad letter on a Friday evening…". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Brendan; Walsh, Majella (2008-02-15). "Airtricity completes sale to scottish and southern energy plc". Airtricity. Retrieved 2008-02-15.  per the summary on AIRTRICITY - LIST ALL PRESS RELEASES
  10. ^ "Renewable Energy – Save Up To 13%". Airtricity. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  11. ^ http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/9670/sse-sells-scottish-ardrossan-windfarm/
  12. ^ "The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland - Useful Energy Contacts : An independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland's consumers". Consumercouncil.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  13. ^ "Renewable Energy – Save Up To 13%". SSE Airtricity. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  14. ^ "Airtricity generates buzz for League with three-year deal". extratime.ie. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  15. ^ Limited, Platypus Consultancy. "Eco-Schools Northern Ireland". www.eco-schoolsni.org. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 

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