UK homes will soon be able to plug into community wind and solar farms from anywhere in the country through the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity exclusively from community projects. The deal from Co-op Energy comes as green energy suppliers race to prove their sustainability credentials amid rising competition for eco-conscious customers and “greenwashing” in the market. The energy supplier will charge an extra £5 a month over Co-op’s regular tariff to provide electricity from community energy projects and gas which includes a carbon offset in the price. Co-op, which is operated by Octopus Energy after it bought the business from the Midcounties Co-operative last year, will source the clean electricity for its new tariff directly from 90 local renewable energy generation projects across the UK, including the Westmill wind and solar farms in Oxfordshire. It plans to use all profits to reinvest in maintaining the community projects and building new ones.
Guardian 12th Jan 2020 read more »
Take climate action and support clean community energy. We are not meeting our climate change targets. The government recently committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but this must be backed up by strong climate action. It’s clear that we need more clean community energy. Community-scale renewable energy offers huge potential to accelerate the low-carbon transition but in the UK, it is being blocked by wildly disproportionate costs and unfair regulations. Power for People is campaigning for The Local Electricity Bill which, if made law, would empower community energy groups to start up and sell their clean electricity to local people. More of the revenues kept locally would mean more investment in local services, more energy security, more local skilled jobs and a boost for clean energy generation across the UK.
Power for People (accessed) 12th Jan 2020 read more »