On 9 July Coventry-based E.ON UK plc announced that all domestic customers, numbering more than 3.3 million, will receive 100% renewable electricity at no extra cost.
E.ON is one of the UK’s largest renewable energy generators. It plans to draw from its own wind farms, biomass plants and solar projects to power the switch. But it will need to top-up its portfolio by buying renewable “guarantee certificates”, which are sold by renewable energy developers to guarantee that a set amount of electricity has been generated from a specific project.
E.ON’s announcement is the largest of its type to date in the UK, significantly increasing the number of households in the country backed by 100% renewable electricity.
This comes as a survey of electricity customers shows more than three in five Britons (61%) not already on a renewable tariff, would be likely to change to a renewable electricity supplier if at a reasonable price.
And with more than three quarters of people in Britain concerned about climate change (77%), and a similar number saying they could do more to be more sustainable (79%), the move demonstrates the need for companies to support consumers in taking steps to reduce their environmental impact.
“Climate change is the defining issue of our era, and one that energy customers are increasingly concerned about,” said E.ON UK Chief Executive Michael Lewis. “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.
“Our announcement is an important first step in a journey towards a more sustainable and personalised energy system, but the future of energy doesn’t stop here. The opportunities include helping all of our customers to better manage their energy through smart, personalised and sustainable technologies.”
E.ON is one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy and has invested over £2.4bn in renewable technologies in the UK over the last six years. In the UK the company owns 16 onshore wind farms and five offshore wind farms, including a share in London Array, the world’s largest operating offshore wind farm, as well as two biomass power stations. E.ON is the third largest operator of offshore wind farms in the world.
As well as a clean energy tariff, E.ON also offers customers a solar PV and battery storage solution which could help customers reduce bills, E.ON Solar and Storage .
E.ON UK Corporate Head Office is at
Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park
Coventry CV4 8LG
024 7619 2000