E.ON switches its UK customers to 100% renewable electricity

One of the UK’s largest energy suppliers has responded to rising public concern over the climate crisis by switching its 3.3 million customers to 100% renewable electricity – at no extra cost.

E.ON said that around half of its output would come from its own renewable energy portfolio, which includes five offshore wind farms, 16 onshore sites and three biofuel facilities. The portfolio is also supported by 16 independent sites via contracts.

The rest of its power would be supplied by other sources, which can include natural gas and coal-fired power, although the energy giant said they would be offset through the purchase of renewable ‘guarantee certificates’ – sold to developers to guarantee a certain amount of electricity has been generated from a project.

E.ON’s decision to move its customers over to renewable electricity comes after a recent survey found that 61% of Britons would be likely to change to a renewable electricity supplier, if at a reasonable price.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our era, and one that energy customers are increasingly concerned about,” said E.ON UK Chief Executive Michael Lewis. “Our announcement is an important first step in a journey towards a more sustainable and personalised energy system.”