Environment

Blenheim Palace Commits to 100% Renewable Power

By Cait Sweeney at

Renewable power comes to Blenheim Palace. Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, has switched to 100% renewable power supplied by Good Energy, as part of an ongoing commitment to end its reliance on fossil fuels.

Good Energy will meet all electricity demand to the Palace, Pleasure Gardens, Park Farm, the new Estates Office in Woodstock and its on-site bottling plant.

The new agreement also includes the Windrush Industrial Estate, allowing third party businesses based there to achieve their own sustainability commitments.

The partnership with Good Energy forms an important part of its 10 Year Goals; Blenheim has also committed to become a net generator of green energy within a decade. As well as implementing wide-ranging energy saving programmes across the Estate, Blenheim has also invested extensively in photovoltaic panels, bio-mass boilers and a hydroelectric turbine.

Wiltshire-based Good Energy has been working with Blenheim since 2011 to support their onsite renewable business. Today’s announcement deepens that relationship and will greatly contribute to reducing carbon emissions across the site.

Blenheim’s Sustainability Advisor, Jacqueline Gibson, said: “Blenheim is on track to reducing its consumption of energy, meeting energy demands with renewables, and in time, to becoming our very own green energy supplier – safeguarding energy security in the long term across the Estate”.

“We are excited to partner with and support Good Energy, who source 100% renewable energy via 1,400 generators from across the UK.
“This new agreement means that, while we continue to increase our own renewable energy production, we are supporting a sustainable energy industry within the UK to further reduce the Estate’s carbon footprint,” she added.

Randall Bowen, Sales & Commercial Director at Good Energy, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Blenheim to supply the estate with 100% renewable electricity.”

“Blenheim is one of Britain’s most important historic sites and they have a longstanding commitment to the environment. Switching to a truly clean energy supplier is the natural choice for the business and the single most important thing the public can do to tackle climate change,” he added.

Founded in 1999, Good Energy powers homes and businesses with 100% renewable electricity from a community of over 1,400 UK generators. The company owns and operate two wind farms, including the UK’s first commercial wind farm, and eight solar farms.
Earlier this year, Blenheim also introduced its green electric vehicle fleet and, more recently, the Twizy Tours experience where visitors can explore the Estate and its surrounds in the iconic electric vehicles.

Together with electric buggies, this means the energy needed to supply all these transport modes can be met with a green and clean supply.

In August, Blenheim received a GOLD Green Tourism Award. Their score of 88% put them in the top eight per cent of high scoring businesses worldwide.

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