The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has announced plans to opt for an all-green electricity tariff from next semester. Starting from October, the university will source 100 per cent green electricity through a tariff from EDF under a new framework from public sector energy services non-profit The Energy Consortium (TEC). The university said moving to the new tariff, which guarantees electricity comes from renewable sources verified by the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) certificate, would increase its electricity spend of approximately £3m a year by just 0.3 per cent. Fabia Jeddere-Fisher, energy manager for UWE Bristol, said the move was a “no brainer”. “The new TEC Framework with EDF has now made it possible for us to purchase electricity guaranteed from renewable sources that is affordable and doesn’t put a strain on our budget,” said Jeddere-Fisher in a statement. “Our students and staff still get an excellent service overall, plus we know the electricity we consume on site has come from renewable sources either on-site, including our new 450kWp PV array, or from our new renewable tariff.” “In addition, this switch will move us into the top quartile of universities making this commitment to purchasing renewable energy,” she added.
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