RWE npower is an energy company that supplies gas and electricity to homes and businesses throughout the UK. They manage a portfolio of coal, gas and oil-fired power stations. In Didcot the site hosts two stations, a 2,000 MW coal fired station and a 1,400 MWcombined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station. Together these are capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of 3 million households or roughly three counties the size of Oxfordshire.
Phil Noake from Didcot A Power Station commented: "Didcot Power Stations have worked with the community in which we operate for over 40 years and we take our responsibilities seriously. We have an extensive range of community and educational programmes that aim to directly benefit our local area and support our aspiration to be a trusted partner in the community.
"Together the power stations have supported hundreds of local activities contributing around £30 million in to the local economy each and every year.
"We have enjoyed a partnership with Earth Trust for over 10 years and have supported various projects at the Earth Trust Centre, including the Energy Bus and
Wild Waste Shows. We also provide a joint educational programme
for schools looking at how Oxfordshire could satisfy its own future
energy needs: we get some very interesting solutions!"
Since 2009, the Earth Trust has managed Thrupp Lake at Radley, close to Abingdon, that is owned by npower. Funding from npower and other grants have enabled visitors to access the lake and over the last few years the Earth Trust has established a circular walk and a bird hide. Thrupp Lake is one of the top bird sites in the county and is much loved and visited by local people. Find out more about Thrupp Lake...
In 2012, npower contributed to the creation of new ponds within the Little Wittenham Wood Nature Reserve - of international importance because of its great crested newt population. Earth Trust embarked on an ambitious project to help these newt populations withstand fluctuating weather conditions resulting from climate change. Two new ponds were created and instantly proved popular with the resident amphibians. Find out more about how the ponds were created...