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Knostrop wind turbine

Knostrop Wind Development

Installation of a wind turbine at Knostrop Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTW).

We have successfully installed a 123 metre turbine at Yorkshire Water's Knostrop Waste Water Treatment Works.

The turbine is the largest structure in Leeds and will be a major source of power for Yorkshire Water's Knostrop waste water treatment works. Providing high quality drinking water and treating wastewater for Yorkshire Water customers uses huge amounts of energy; this project will help to reduce the site's carbon footprint and operating costs, which in turn will benefit customers.

The turbine will generate the equivalent of the energy needs of well over 1000 homes.

This is the one and only wind turbine we plan to build at Knostrop WwTW. However we do have further renewable energy projects planned at this site, which will contribute further to Yorkshire Water's commitment to invest in a renewable energy to minimise its impact on the environment and keep customers' bills low.

The turbine started generating power in November 2014.

Further information on the Knostrop wind turbine can be found in the attached Q&A document.

The need for investment in renewable energy

Providing high quality drinking water and treating waste water for five million Yorkshire Water customers uses huge amounts of energy. Currently, most of this electricity is bought from commercial energy providers and like any electricity customer, Yorkshire Water's annual energy bill has increased significantly over recent years and now stands at around £50 million. This same electricity, also emits damaging carbon into the environment as it's created, by burning unsustainable fossil fuels.

It's estimated there will be an additional one million people living in Yorkshire region in the next 25 years and if nothing is done to tackle these energy challenges, Yorkshire Water's annual energy bill could increase significantly in future years. All of this could have an impact on customer bills and the environment, which is why Yorkshire Water is focused on driving down energy consumption and aiming to generate up to half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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