Our Fuel Mix EDF Energy

Every year we must publish details of the fuel sources we use to generate our customers’ electricity. The information in the table below covers our two active supply licences, EDF Energy Customers plc and British Energy Direct Limited, for the period from April 2014 to March 2015. Our customers’ electricity is sourced from our own UK power stations, the wholesale energy market and other independent power generators. We are a major supporter of independent renewable generators.

 CoalGasNuclearRenewableOtherCO2 g/kWhRadioactive waste g/kWh
EDF Energy's fuel mix22.6%6.1%54.9%16.3%0.1%2290.0038
Contribution to our carbon emissions89.5%10.1%0.0%0.0%0.4%  
UK average fuel mix26.7%29.7%22.2%19.3%2.1%3690.0016

The figures for UK average fuel mix are provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Depending on the tariff you are on, the fuel source and carbon emissions associated with the generation of your electricity may vary.

EDF Energy's fuel mix per tariff or productCoalGas NuclearRenewableOtherCO2 g/kWhRadioactive waste g/kWh
Blue (1)0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%00.0070
Renewable (2)0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%00.0000
All other (3)26.4%7.1%51.0%15.3%0.2%2680.0036

The low-carbon electricity that we buy for Blue or Renewable tariffs and products is supplied into the National Grid. Customers receive that electricity through the National Grid, not directly from low-carbon generators.

(1) Blue tariffs and products – all residential Blue+ tariffs and Blue for Business

(2) Renewable tariffs and product  –  Renewable for Business

(3) All other tariffs and products – tariffs not referred to as Blue or Renewable


Our Better Energy Ambitions

Our Mission

“Driving progress for people – a successful and responsible long-term energy business, trusted by customers and powering a thriving society and a healthy environment.” This builds on our longstanding commitment too, and strong track record in, sustainability.

Our Better Energy Ambitions:

We will deliver our mission through our company ambitions – the Better Energy Ambitions. These are our plan for a sustainable business. They focus on the most important issues for our customers, our people, our business, and for the communities and environment that we are part of. They directly address how we will tackle the key challenges facing the energy sector

We were thrilled to have our efforts rewarded in the Business in the Community (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index where we were awarded 94% with 3.5 stars from a possible 5 stars for our approach to being a sustainable and responsible business.

This is a great endorsement of our long-term approach to being a responsible and sustainable business and it recognises a huge amount of hard work by our people right across our company and in the community

For further information please visit Our Better Energy Ambitions on this link.

Our Investments

As part of our commitment to the environment and the communities we are part of, we‘ve invested in a number of projects that focus on low carbon energy sources. Each of these initiatives will help further our knowledge in this energy field and have a positive effect on our environment.

Energy Technologies Institute 
EDF Energy is a founding member of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), established in 2007 with a focus on low-carbon energy solutions.

The ETI is a joint venture partnership between the public and private sector and involves some of the world’s biggest companies, including Shell, Rolls-Royce, BP, Caterpillar and E-on. Its aim is to accelerate development of new technologies to make energy cleaner, cheaper and more sustainable in the future.

EDF Energy Renewables 
EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles announced in June 2008 the creation of a new joint venture company – EDF Energy Renewables.

The new company is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, with each party combining its renewable energy development skills, expertise and resources in one place in order to spearhead renewable development activities in the UK.

Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power 
EDF Energy is constructing a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at its West Burton site. CCGT power generation is the most energy efficient and clean method of fossil fuel generation. CCGT plant burn natural gas, which turns a gas turbine, with the waste heat used to turn a steam turbine. The power station is planned to be ready for commercial operation in 2011 and has been designed to have a life of 25 years.

Wind Turbines
Our wind farms will play an important role in helping us lead the way in providing low-carbon energy for current and future generations.

We currently own and run two onshore wind farms in the northeast England, with another offshore development proposed 1.5km from the coast, between the mouth of the River Tees and the town of Redcar, Teesside. It has been proposed that 30 turbines, which should be able to generate green electricity for approximately 60,000 homes.

Teesside Offshore Wind will help support the UK's target to get 10% of all electricity generation from renewable sources by 2010.

Tidal Current Power 
In February 2002 we agreed to invest £3 million in underwater turbines to harness the power of high tidal stream currents. This deal with Marine Current Turbines Ltd saw us become a strategic partner in the project. Tidal current power has the potential to make a major contribution to future renewable energy sources.