'Big six' energy firm E.ON says its customers' electricity will come from renewable sources only from today – and at no extra cost
The company, which has 3.3 million households on its books, said it was responding to growing demand for greener electricity.
However, it was clear from the announcement that it remains some way off producing enough renewable energy of its own to meet its customers' needs.
E.ON said that 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.
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