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UK breaks its green energy record

UK breaks its green energy record

Ready to make the switch to green energy?

Look for tariffs marked 'green plan' when you compare

The UK has beaten its quarterly record for renewable electricity generation, according to official government data.

In the first three months of the year, renewable energy sources made up almost half (47%) of the UK's electricity generation. The previous quarterly record was 39% last year.

The renewable energy generation includes power from the UK's windfarms, solar panels, hydro power and bioenergy. Energy generated by solar and wind increased by almost a third last year.

The country's remaining electricity generation in this period was made up of gas (31.4%), nuclear (15.1%), coal (3.8%), oil and other sources (2.7%).

In June, the UK went a record-breaking 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes without using coal power since the industrial revolution, thanks to an increase in renewable energy generation and a drop in demand due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Green energy tariffs

As renewable energy becomes more attainable, it seems that households are keen to embrace green energy habits through their gas and electricity tariffs. In 2019, 44% of energy switches through Uswitch were to a tariff marketed as a 'green energy plan.'

And with more renewable energy available, green energy tariffs are not the costly option that they used to be. Uswitch customers saved an average of £267 by switching to green tariffs last year.

Here are the current cheapest green energy deals Uswitch can help you switch to today:

Supplier Plan name Price
Pure Planet 100% Green 12m Fixed Apr21 v1 £1006 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Energy Plus Home Protection v16 £1016 Compare now
OVO Energy Better Smart £1023 Compare now
E.ON Next Next Exclusive v6 £1029 Compare now
SSE Online Energy v11 £1036 Compare now
So Energy So Cedar Essential v2 – Green £1052 Compare now
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2022 B1 £1053 Compare now
Octopus Energy Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed £1057 Compare now
Bulb Vari-Fair £1057 Compare now
E.ON Next Next Online v4 £1070 Compare now

Based on average bill sizes for a medium energy user on a dual fuel plan paying by monthly direct debit, and averaged across all regions. This information is updated hourly with energy plans which are available to switch to through Uswitch. To appear in this table, plans must be available in at least 7 of the 14 regions.

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