Black & Veatch to audit renewables for Ofgem

Black & Veatch has secured work in UK energy regulator Ofgem’s Renewable Obligation Statistical Audit Programme.

Illustration/Turbine for MeyGen tidal energy array (Courtesy of Simec Atlantis Energy)

The company will deliver the regulator’s new statistical audit programme of randomly selected accredited renewable energy generating stations.

“We will audit onshore and offshore wind, solar, marine, biomass, hydro and landfill/ sewage gas generating sites. It is a mark of our renewable energy team’s breadth of expertise that we have been entrusted to audit such a diverse range of technologies”, said Robbie Gibson, Black & Veatch’s Director for renewable energy in Europe.

The audits aim to give Ofgem further assurances that the information provided for accreditation and Renewable Obligation (RO) claims is accurate; and to detect and deter non-compliance across the population of sites, according to Black & Veatch.

The new statistical audit programme will increase the regulator’s understanding of the level and types of non-compliance across the population of renewable energy scheme participants.

“Ensuring the renewable obligation scheme functions effectively is central to the UK’s NetZero ambitions. This is why the renewable electricity generator audits are so important”, Gibson added.

The audits will add to the current growth and success of Black & Veatch Europe’s renewables team with the creation of several new roles.

In other recent renewable energy-related work, Black & Veatch’s team has authored a report on MeyGen Phase 1, expected to help the commercial viability of tidal stream energy, delivered financial close for ING Bank on three windfarms in the Irish Republic, and been hired to deploy digital twin technology to support the optimisation and cost reduction of Orbital Marine’s floating tidal turbines.

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure.