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Where do we get our electricity?

It’s really simple. Just 2 sources: renewables and natural gas.

As an independent energy supplier, our focus has always been on our members, rather than generating our own power. So we buy gas and electricity from the energy market, and then offer it to you at competitive rates.

All of our renewable electricity is backed by renewable electricity certificates.

Here’s what goes into our electricity

These figures show you a breakdown of our electricity fuel mix for the period April 2018 to March 2019. The UK average breakdown comes from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
 

We’ve taken nuclear and coal out of our fuel mix, so that our electricity is left with only renewables and gas. 

We do this because, even though nuclear is less carbon-intensive than other fossil fuel alternatives, there is no safe, reliable solution for dealing with the radioactive waste that nuclear plants leave behind. And we don’t want to put any dangerous waste in the ground. We’ve also completely removed coal from our mix because it’s the most carbon-intensive energy source around. Bye bye.
 

Doing more for our planet

As part of our pledge to get to net zero by 2030, from the 1st October 2019 all our energy plans (Better Energy, Simpler Energy and 2 Year Fixed Energy) bring you 50% renewable electricity, as standard1.

What if I want 100% renewable electricity?


Simply choose our Green Electricity upgrade – its electricity comes from 100% renewable sources like wind and solar2. Curious? Come this way.

Or, you can go one step further and choose OVO BeyondBETA for just £6 a month. It’s the upgrade that brings you the green energy and technology you need to kickstart your journey to zero carbon, with:

  • 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon-neutral gas3.

  • 3 carbon-fighting trees, planted on your behalf every year4.

  • Personalised energy insights, from Energy Spotlights.

  • Energy-saving actions from our Zero In tool.

Plus, all OVO members can get boiler breakdown and home emergency cover with OVO HomePlan from £4 a month5, available until the 18th November 2019.

Make it yours.

 

Terms and conditions

With effect from 1 October 2019, we purchase at least 50% of electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. There is no additional environmental benefit to the Better Energy / 2 Year Fixed Energy / Simpler Energy tariffs. If we supply your gas too, then note that this is not applicable to the gas part of your plan.

By providing 100% renewable electricity and offsetting all associated lifecycle carbon emissions involved in the production and consumption of your electricity, the Green Electricity Upgrade reduces your yearly carbon emissions from the electricity used in your home to net zero. We purchase 100% of your energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. The renewable electricity we buy is backed by renewable certificates (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs)). See here for details on Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates and how these work. We offset the remaining emissions by supporting UN-led REDD+ carbon reduction projects that are certified to the Verified Carbon Standard. OVO plants 5 trees for every Member with a Green Electricity Upgrade through our award-winning I Dig Trees programme with The Conservation Volunteers

By providing 100% renewable electricity and offsetting all associated lifecycle carbon emissions involved in the production and consumption of your electricity, OVO Beyond reduces your yearly carbon emissions from the electricity used in your home to net zero. We buy 100% of your energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. And we do this via renewable certificates (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs)). See here for details on Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates and how these work. We also offset the remaining lifecycle carbon emissions from the production of the renewable electricity you use by supporting UN-led REDD+ carbon reduction projects that are certified to the Verified Carbon Standard.

4cOVO plants 3 trees for every OVO Beyond Member through our award-winning I Dig Trees programme with The Conservation Volunteers. Tree planting can help to reduce carbon emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. From April 2018 to March 2019 we have planted at least 156,000 trees bringing the total number of trees planted to over 700,000 trees since 2015.

5 Limited time offer ends 18/11/19. Conditions, exclusions and cancellation charges may apply. This product has a £99 excess, which can be reduced to £0 for an additional premium. If your boiler is 7 years old or more, your monthly premium will increase by £2. No claims can be made within the first 30 days. OVO Energy Ltd, trading as OVO HomePlan, is an appointed representative of CORGI HomePlan Ltd (for general insurance distribution) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under firm reference number 824122. CORGI HomePlan Ltd and OVO Energy Ltd are part of OVO Group Ltd.

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