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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 Variable £1087 Compare now
E.ON Next Next Exclusive 2 Year v2 £1177 Compare now
Pure Planet 100% Green 24m Fixed Jul21 v1 £1187 Compare now
British Gas Online Fix Mar 2024v3 £1190 Compare now
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Mar 2024v3 £1190 Compare now
Shell Energy Energy August 2023 v2. £1191 Compare now
Shell Energy Energy August 2023 v2 £1191 Compare now
OVO Energy 2 Year Fixed Energy £1193 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Exclusive Energy Plus Cover v13 £1210 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Exclusive Energy v11 £1210 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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