ENERGY group E.on has won a three year contract to supply electricity for the Nottingham tram.
The German owned company, which employs around 6,000 people in Notts, has been selected by the Tramlink Nottingham consortium to supply power across all of its business premises as well as the nine-mile public transport network that runs from Hucknall and Phoenix Park to the city centre.
Tramlink was awarded the 23-year concession last December to operate the existing network and build two further lines running to Chilwell and Clifton.
The power demand of the network is 7 million kilowatt-hours – the energy equivalent of more than 2,100 average UK homes – each year.
The contract will run into 2015 by which time lines two and three of the tram network will be up and running.
E.on director David Topping, said: "We look forward to working with Tramlink, especially as it pushes forward with the project to expand the network."
He said the two companies were committed to growing Nottingham's economy by working closely together and helping reduce carbon emissions.
Tramlink chairman Roger Harrison, said: "We are looking forward to working alongside E.on as we deliver a world-class tram service.
"A reliable power supply is absolutely essential to us and we believe we have selected strong partners.