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What do we mean by clean energy?

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18
September

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As we launch our new Clean Energy Tariff, we explain the world of renewable energy, how it's different, and what it means for you.

Where does renewable energy actually come from?

As the world begins to move towards a smarter and more sustainable approach to using energy, the question of where it’s generated is becoming more important than it’s ever been.

Accord de Paris

You’ve probably heard of the Paris Agreement - not least because President Trump has caused a stir by withdrawing support. But more importantly, it sets out how the world should deal with global warming. 

It holds to account the most economically advanced countries, and asks that they commit to a global action plan that limits global warming to ‘well below 2 degrees Celsius’. 

The UK government remains committed to developing renewable technologies and energy generation. 

So our approach to sustainability is top priority

From the development of customer solutions (such as solar panel and battery systems) for greener homes, to renewable generation for big businesses, we recognise the role we can play in the shift towards sustainability.

Within our fuel mix, we already generate 29% of our energy from sustainable sources. Over the last six years, we’ve invested over £2.4bn in renewable technologies in the UK. So whichever tariff you’re on with us, what you pay contributes toward paying for renewable energy.

You may have seen tariffs from other energy suppliers that offer benefits to the environment too, such as donations to an environmental charity. This is called ‘additionality’.

The Clean Energy Fixed 1 Year Tariff

Our new Clean Energy Fixed 1 Year tariff uses 100% renewable electricity and green gas. 

There isn't any additionality in this tariff. So while there aren't any additional environmental benefits, it means that for the energy you use, we're putting renewable energy back into the grid. 

The tariff is currently the cheapest  renewable tariff offered by the larger energy suppliers(1) and is priced at £1,064 a year based on national average dual fuel annual consumption(2). It is only available to customers who take paperless bills and choose to pay by fixed monthly Direct Debit. 

How we make sure your energy is matched by renewables

Regardless of how power is generated, it all gets mixed up together on the national grid, so suppliers can't actually trace the origins of the actual electricity from generator to each customer. 

We match the volume of your estimated electricity consumption with REGOs, and estimated gas consumption with GGCs from a UK biomethane source. 

A REGO is a type of renewable certificate, supported by the government. It stands for Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin, and tells you that your electricity is backed by a UK renewable source.

Green Gas Certificates (GGCs) provide an objective means of tracking the commercial transactions of biomethane (or ‘green gas’) through the supply chain, which is also government-backed.

All of this means that the journey of your energy – from generation to distribution – won’t change. Instead, anything you use will be replenished from 100% renewable energy and green gas. 

1 = Based on an average across all regions at Ofgem, with an average consumption of 12,500 kWh for gas and 3,100 kWh for unrestricted electricity. 0(6/09/2017) Larger Supplier is Npower.

2 = Based on Ofgem average annual consumption of 12,500 kWh for gas and 3,100 kWh for unrestricted electricity, across all regions, for customers paying by fixed monthly Direct Debit. Price includes dual fuel, paperless and Direct Debt savings.



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