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Ecotricity Seals 10-year Agreement To Take Geothermal Power From Cornish Plant

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Live News.

This is the first two paragraphs

British utility Ecotricity has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy geothermal electricity from Geothermal Engineering Limited.

The ten-year PPA will see a minimum of 3MWh of baseload electricity produced by the United Downs demonstration project in Cornwall being distributed to power the equivalent of 10,000 homes every year.

The article also says that this is the first time geothermal electricity has been produced and sold in the UK.

The remarkable thing, is that the same site will be used by Cornish Lithium for a pilot plant to extract lithium.

It does look like the Cornish will both have their cake and eat it!

As rum is also going to be matured using more of the energy, as I wrote about in And Now Geothermal Rum From Cornwall!, they’ll also be able to drink it as well!

January 7, 2021 - Posted by | Energy | , , , , ,


  1. Its very pleasing that Cornwall is getting new industries. When I lived there, I worked for an American multinational company that used to threaten to leave unless the County Council paid them to stay and protect jobs. I hope this is a long term project to relieve the relative poverty of the rural areas, and replace the Tourist industries unstable income. Whether the local people will be able to afford property is yet to be seen. In 1998 a three bedroom semi was fetching £27 to £30k. Affordable then, but what will happen now, will it be a boom like in the days of TIn Mining, when miners at the Bottalick mine earnig £2000 a week used to light cigars with £20 notes?

    Comment by jagracer | January 7, 2021 | Reply

  2. It all appears to be sound industries.

    To my mind, the interesting thing about geothermal power, is that \dvlumberger have decided to get involved in a big way in the industry. I suppose drilling oil wells, is not that different to drilling for hot rocks.

    If they can extract geothermal energy in Islington, surely it must be more common, than people believe!

    Comment by AnonW | January 7, 2021 | Reply

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