Green Energy: The Benefits Of Green Electricity!

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If there is one thing for certain, it is, that in the 21st century, climate change, environment and renewable energy, will be dominant themes in the narrative and decisions of governments, businesses, families and individuals! It will be impossible to not be impacted by these core themes in this century!

Pertinent issues like the climate crisis are not new to the 21st century. In fact, climate change had already become an important global topic towards the end of the 20th century. But the 21st century has witnessed the agenda on climate change take global centre stage.

All stakeholders have an important role to play in regards to the environment, and that also includes individuals like you! You do not have to be a Greta Thunberg to make a difference, but we all need to find the Greta in us!

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Greta Thunberg, Time Person Of The Year (credit: Time)

Green energy, is energy that is produced or generated using natural resources like the wind, sun, water and biomass to generate electricity. Green electricity is renewable and clean i.e. emission-free, with a positive relationship with the environment. Renewable energy can be used to power a business, government buildings, infrastructure like airports and of course, your home, your electric car and much more!

Top Benefits Of Green Energy

It is true, in that, the benefits of using green and clean energy has a positive impact on us all. The greater the use of clean energy, the lower the negative impact on our planet and ecosystems. We all, everyone one of us, has a dependence and inescapable link to our environment. There is simply no exception! The top benefits of renewable energy include:

  • Energy generation without creating greenhouses gases, one of the catalysts for the increasing danger of climate change. Renewable energy does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) or dangerous particulate matter into the air.
  • Reducing air pollution and increasing air quality. In the UK and worldwide, increase in diseases and deaths have been linked directly to an increase in air pollution. Children and the elderly have been most impacted by the increasing level of air pollution in our cities.
  • Help protect our environment and planet for future generations.
  • Unlike fossil fuels, green energy is generated using unlimited renewable sources, like wind and solar, therefore guaranteeing that our ‘fuel supply’ will never run out! In the UK, both solar and wind are widely available to generate renewable electricity.
  • By using green electricity to charge your battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the tailpipe emissions are zero-emissions.
  • Renewable energy generation does not have any long-term negative impact to land.
  • Increases our national energy security by reducing our dependence on other countries for energy.
  • Reduces energy price fluctuations. Renewable electricity prices are more stable and less impacted by external factors like international politics, war and other global events.

Green Energy Is Produced From Natural Resources

Green energy is produced by harnessing the energy in natural resources like wind and solar, both of which gain energy from the sun. This can happen in different ways. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, commonly known as solar panels, are used to convert the energy from the sun into electricity. Solar farms, which are usually large scale PV plants, then inject electricity into the national grid to be consumed by homes and businesses.

Wind turbines convert kinetic energy from the wind into electricity. A wind farm is similar to a solar farm, except it has multiple wind turbines instead of PV modules.

Does The UK Produce Green Energy?

Yes, the UK is a leading producer of renewable energy. The onshore capacity of wind turbines is 12,904 MW and the offshore capacity is 7,895 MW. This means they generate enough clean electricity for 14 million homes in the UK. As of March 2020, the total capacity of renewables in the UK was 47.4 GW, which is more than one third of the power generated in the UK coming from a renewable source.

Are There Green Energy Suppliers In The UK?

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Ecotricity: An e-zoomed Green Energy Partner

Yes. In fact, the UK is leading the charge with a number of established green energy suppliers, to include independents and the big six suppliers. The leading green energy suppliers in the UK include, Ecotricity, Good Energy, Bulb and many more!

Ecotricity and Good Energy are partners of e-zoomed. Why not switch to the ecotricity ‘Fully Charged Bundle’ via e-zoomed and get green energy to power your home and charge your electric Vehicle (EV). This way your well-to-wheel emissions are zero.

Why Are Petrol And Diesel Called ‘Dirty’?

It is because cars that run on petrol or diesel pollute the environment with CO2 emissions and other pollutants via the tailpipe/exhaust. EVs do not have tailpipes and hence do not release harmful emissions into the air.

Can I Generate Green Energy At Home And Charge My EV?

Yes, you can certainly generate your own green energy at home using solar panels and charge your electric car using that energy.

Will I Be Able To Charge My EV On The Road With Green Energy?

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Ecotricity Electric Highway (credit: Ecotricity)

Yes you can. Our partner Ecotricity’s ‘Fully Charged Bundle’ includes charging on the Electric Highway, with green energy at very competitive prices. You can easily switch to the Fully Charged Bundle via the e-zoomed website.

How Will I Know If The Green Energy Plan Is Genuine?

OFGEM, the regulator for the UK energy sector certifies the origin of energy for suppliers via the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin Certificates (REGOs), can demonstrate suppliers to final electricity customers that the source of energy used for the green plan.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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