Further information on our Fuel Mix
Our customers’ total electricity demand is generated from our own UK power stations and purchased from other power generators via the wholesale market.
Two companies in the EDF Energy group have active supply licences - EDF Energy Customers plc and British Energy Direct Limited. The information in the table below covers the fuel mix for both licences for the period April 2011 to March 2012.
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The figures for UK average fuel mix are provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Our customers’ total electricity demand is met by electricity generated from our own UK power stations and bought directly from other independent power generators. We are a major supporter of independent renewable generators.
1 Blue refers to Blue for Business and London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics (80%).
2 Renewable refers to Residential Green Tariff, London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics (80%) and specified business customers.
3 Standard refers to all other tariffs including CCL exempt supplies backed by Good Quality Combined Heat & Power or renewable source electricity.
Together, our Blue, Renewable and Standard products form our overall fuel mix.
We are committed to ensuring that our sustainable energy solutions investment is ongoing and long term. In fact, EDF Energy is a core part of EDF Group, which has the lowest intensity of carbon emissions amongst all of the major European electricity producers. To ensure this continues, we at EDF Energy have set ourselves stretching targets, such as aiming to achieve a 60% reduction in carbon intensity from our electricity production by 2020. To find our more about our climate commitment targets visit Our Sustainability Commitments.
We’re the first sustainability partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We want to play a key role in helping to ensure London 2012 is truly sustainable, and a turning point for a lower carbon future, uniting individuals and businesses to address climate change issues. We're using the inspiration of the Games to encourage the UK people to reduce their carbon footprints.
Team Green Britain
An annual event, Green Britain Day is a focal point for people to take action towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The landmark initiative aims to inspire the nation to work together and lower Great Britain’s carbon footprint by the time the Olympic and Paralympic Games arrive in London in 2012. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing us and we believe that we can only tackle the issues we face by ensuring that all of us act together now.
For more information visit Team Green Britain
Green Tariff (withdrawn from sale 30 October 2012)
Our Green Tariff helps contribute to green projects – and you won’t have to go into the red to make a real difference.
With the help of many of our customers who have opted for our Green Tariff (withdrawn from sale 30 October 2012) we’ve been able to set up our Green Fund, which has raised £4m to date to help fund community based renewable projects across the UK.
We are constantly looking at alternative fuel sources and are committed to producing as many low carbon solutions as we can in the long term. Click on the Our Investments tab to see details of our current and future investment initiatives, including both renewable and low carbon generation.
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.
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.