Why does the price of zero carbon electricity go up because of a rise in global gas prices?

In Britain, around a third of electricity is generated from processes that use gas.  That means when the cost of gas goes up, so does the cost of generating this electricity.

Around another third of the electricity sent through the national grid is from renewable sources like wind and solar, but renewable generation is variable.  This means that when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, renewable sources can’t generate as much.  When this happens, and to keep up with the demand for electricity, the grid has to top us with gas powered electricity.

At EDF we’re investing in the right mix of wind, nuclear and solar to power the nation whatever the weather, and help Britain move away from its dependency on gas.  That’s why all our fixed home energy customers get zero carbon electricity as standard. 

Find out more about how we're investing in renewable and nuclear energy.

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