Centrica launches energy service partnership to enhance sustainability at the NEC

The events venue will generate the energy for its power needs on-site with three new gas generators and a new CHP unit

NEC Birmingham will soon be able to generate its own power as a result of a new partnership with the energy company Centrica.

Centrica Business Solutions will unlock cleaner heat and power solutions for the NEC site through the design, installation, operation and maintenance of three gas generators, including an 850kW combined heat and power (CHP) unit.

By transitioning to decentralised power, the venue is now able to generate additional revenue by selling this additional capacity to the grid, reducing its energy costs and improving energy resilience on-site.

Alan Barlow, Director of UK and Ireland for Centrica Business Solutions, said: “The nature of a venue such as the NEC is that its electricity use is incredibly varied, with large shows creating a high demand for power, while the periods between the shows have limited demand.”

Ian Taylor, Acting Managing Director of Conventions and Exhibitions at the NEC, said: “Sustainability is still a primary business focus for the NEC Group and this project will significantly enhance our sustainable working and environmental impact.”

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