How energy retailers market ‘green’ electricity tariffs to consumers will be reviewed by the government, amid concerns that some are overstating how environmentally friendly their products are, Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced today (16 August). 9 million British households are now on green tariffs, with over half of all new electricity tariffs launched now badged as ‘100% renewable’ or ‘green’. With more and more consumers looking to make a green switch and reduce their carbon footprint and the UK having more than quadrupled its renewable electricity generation since 2010, the government wants to ensure consumers signing up to a green tariff know their energy is coming from green sources of electricity generation.
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The UK government has launched an investigation into renewable electricity deals amid growing concern over the extent of “greenwashing” by large energy firms claiming to offer environmental benefits to customers. In a crackdown as increasing numbers of people switch to a renewable energy deal, the government said it would review how the sector markets its green electricity tariffs to consumers.
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Rules on “green” energy tariffs could be tightened over concerns that some of Britain’s biggest suppliers are getting away with seeming more eco-friendly than they actually are. About nine million households in the UK are estimated to be on energy tariffs that are branded green or 100 per cent renewable, after a dramatic rise in the number of products in recent years. Yet many customers are unaware that rather than generating renewable fuel or buying it directly from generating plants, many energy companies are instead purchasing ultra-cheap certificates that allow them to market their tariffs as green.
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