What’s generating YOUR electricity?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Case Studies, Spotlight | 0 comments

What’s generating YOUR electricity?

We know that energy can’t be created or destroyed, and that in order to provide you with electricity in your home the suppliers must get it from their own wholesale supplier. In general, a lot of fuels are burned, the heat is produced to make steam, which then powers a generator. In the case of wind, the movement itself is the generator. For solar, it’s a converter from the light energy that’s hitting the panels. Nuclear is a complicated system of atoms breaking down, but in the end it produces heat to make steam for generators as well. But in what mix does your supplier get it’s energy? We found out for you!

The UK Average

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
34% 25.6% 21.6% 16.7% 2.1%

 

The Big Six

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
British Gas 22% 31% 31% 15% 3%
e.on 46.7% 27.1% 8.4% 12% 5.8%
EDF 26.8% 3.5% 56.1% 13.5% 0.1%
npower 31% 50% 2% 16% 2%
Scottish Power 48.6% 32.6% 1.1% 16.9% 0.8%
SSE 44% 28% 2% 24% 2%

 

Independents

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
Co-operative 17% 9.8% 3.1% 68% 2.1%
Ecotricity 7.2% 4.1% 1.3% 86.5% 0.9%
First:Utility 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Flow Energy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Good Energy 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Green Energy 0% 45% 0% 55% 0%
Green Star Energy 3% 2% 0% 95% 0%
isupplyenergy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
LoCO2 Energy 0% 60% 0% 40% 0%
Ovo Energy 39.3% 22.7% 7% 26.1% 4.9%
Spark Energy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Utilita 47.% 27% 8% 12% 6%

 

So, if you’re environmentally conscious, it might be worth looking at what your supplier is using for its electricity generation. If you’re opposed to coal-fired plants, there are options for you with little or no electricity coming from coal. If you’re not happy with nuclear, there are suppliers to go with, and suppliers to definitely avoid. To prioritise renewables, the answer is clear.

Who’s your supplier? Are you planning on switching?

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Figures Accurate Summer 2015

 

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