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Big Six energy firm E.on goes green

Patrick Christys
Jul 11, 2019


It turns out those eco-warriors who brought London to a standstill for a week weren't just a bunch of dreadlocked hippies - no, they've managed to have an impact on how your energy supply reaches your lightbulbs.

Energy firm E.ON says its customers' electricity will now only come from renewable sources.

The good news, apart from the whole environment thing, is that it won't cost their customers an extra penny.

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That's unusual for energy firms, who seem to delight in taking customers for everything they're worth. Especially loyal ones, who were lured in with the promise of a cheap deal only to find they prices have been hikes year-on-year.

The company, which has 3.3 million households on its books, has decided to do its bit for planet earth...how lovely.

E.ON said around half of its output would come from its own estate of five offshore wind farms, 16 onshore sites and three biofuel facilities - with support from around 16 other independent sites via contracts.

It said the rest of the power would come from other sources - which can include the likes of natural gas and coal-fired power - but said they would be offset through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.

The certificates, the German-owned company said, guarantee that an equivalent amount of renewable electricity is generated to the amount supplied.

The industry is facing challenges on many fronts as demand for green electricity grows ahead of a future littered with targets to help battle climate change - with enough capacity to power an electric transport infrastructure.

The energy sector must eradicate coal power generation by 2025 - with just five such power stations currently slated to remain open for now after SSE announced plans to shut Fiddler's Ferry in Cheshire.

Coal currently accounts for just 10% of total electricity output.

It is hoped offshore wind will provide a third of the country's electricity by 2030 - up from the current 7%.

E.ON UK chief executive, Michael Lewis, said: "Climate change is the defining issue of our era, and one that energy customers are increasingly concerned about.

"We believe large-scale action can make significant change possible and we're committed to playing a leading role and setting an example for others to follow, that's why we're providing all of our residential customers with 100% renewable
electricity as standard - a change at a scale never seen before in Britain."

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