The plummeting temperatures and fresh wave of snow and ice that hit the UK this weekend did not dampen output from UK wind farms, with turbines setting a new wind power record on Saturday. According to National Grid and Elexon data collected by Drax, on Saturday wind power generation hit 14.3GW for the first time, supplying more than a third of Britain’s power needs. It beats the previous generation record of 13.8GW set on March 1.
Business Green 19th March 2018 read more »
Our research has found that lots of people care about renewable energy, but most don’t have a very good understanding of what it means. You want to do your bit for the planet. Switching energy supplier to one with good green credentials seems like an easy way to do so. You shop around and find one offering ‘100% renewable electricity’, and at a price that’s competitive — great. But is it? Research we’re releasing today shows that renewable energy is important to a lot of people. Findings from a survey we commissioned with YouGov show that more than 8 in 10 of us (84%) consider ‘renewable energy’ to be important to them. A REGO only green tariff is still better than a standard non-renewable one. Your supplier is still effectively earmarking renewable energy on the grid and saying ‘that’s yours’. The problem is it does very little to encourage any more renewable energy on the grid. Overall, it’s a good thing that more people seem to be switching to renewable tariffs. But if cost is the main draw, and those tariffs are not doing anything to generate more renewable electricity, then we’re going to run into trouble at some point. Recent figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance showed a massive decline of 56% in renewable investment in the UK in 2017, which is more a result of government policy changes than anything to do with consumer demand, but it shows how important this is, right now. For our part, we know that Good Energy’s approach of paying our network of 1,400 local generators a fair price for their power actively supports the growth of renewable generation in the UK. And we believe that given how many people clearly care about this topic, and how few have a full understanding of it, the facts should be out there for us to have an open discussion about it.
Good Energy 15th March 2018 read more »