We know many of our customers feel as passionate as we do about safeguarding our environment for future generations. So we offer a 100% renewable electricity plan for people who want a UK energy mix that’s built for the longer term.
If you choose our 100% renewable electricity plan, we guarantee that for every unit of electricity you buy from us, we will purchase one unit from a 100% renewable energy source. The renewable energy we buy for you is supplied to the national grid, which in turn supplies your home. So that means that the amount of electricity taken from the national grid by consumers of renewable electricity products is equal to the amount of electricity fed into the national grid from renewable sources.
This is backed by ‘Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO)’ certificates from the energy regulator, Ofgem, and can include wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas power sources.
It’s worth noting that though the Greener Energy plan offers 100% renewable electricity, the gas portion of the dual fuel plan remains non-renewable.
We continue to look for a viable renewable gas option to offer our customers but, so far, none of the available options meet our scale and price criteria.
Technologies like anaerobic digestion (of sewage slurry, farm waste, food waste) and landfill gas recapture offer hope and are supplying gas, usually locally, to replace fossil fuel gas. However, the carbon emissions from burning this gas, no matter its source, still result in greenhouse gas emissions.
And that's not all. Back in 2015, OVO joined forces with the The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to set up our exciting I Dig Trees programme. For every Greener Energy plan customer who joins OVO, we provide an additional environmental benefit in the shape of locally planted trees. In 2015/16 we planted 3 trees per customer, which added up to to 158,000 new trees. We’re growing our commitment in 2016/17 by planting 5 trees per customer , and aim to plant a forest of 250,000 by March 2017.