Renewable sources of electricity

What percentage of the UK’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources? The answer may surprise you!

Find out the percentage here:

Historically electricity has been generated in power stations by burning fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas. This is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases (GHG), in the UK. Over the past 50 years we have gradually changed to produce electricity from other sources. Initially nuclear power (this doesn’t produce carbon dioxide but creates other problems and tends to be an expensive way of generating electricity) and now renewable sources, solar, wind and water power. 

If you have the option, a simple way to reduce your use of fossil fuels is to switch to a renewable energy provider. There are quite a few options available, and they offer different types or sources of renewable energy.

Find out more about energy provider options.

Watch out!

Some of the options are greener than others. Suppliers should be able to give you a percentage of actual renewable energy mix in your chosen tariff. Consider your available options carefully before deciding to switch.

You can find out more about the options, what they mean and how to switch supplier by visiting the Energy Saving Trust.

What’s the benefit?

You’ll be reducing your own carbon footprint, while at the same time, demonstrating the demand for renewable energy and helping to support the growth of this industry and the jobs that will be created to build it.