Best Green Energy Suppliers UK: The Complete Guide!

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Which Is the Best Type Of Energy For Home and My EV?


Renewable energy, also referred to as green energy or clean energy is the best type of energy to source for your home and electric car.  Renewable energy is sourced from natural sources or processes like wind, hydro and solar, that are ‘renewable’ and not depleted.  Renewable energy can be both green electricity and green gas.  Renewable energy is the best type of energy to use because of its positive attributes in relation to the environment.  Green energy produces no greenhouse gases and also helps reduce air pollution.  Other benefits of green energy also include reducing the dependence on energy imports, improving national energy security and lowering costs. 


The major types of renewable energy sources include:

  • Solar generation 
  • Wind generation (onshore and offshore) 
  • Hydroelectric power 
  • Biomass energy 
  • Geothermal energy 
  • Tidal and wave energy 

Non-renewable energy or ‘dirty energy’ is energy sourced and generated from finite and dirty sources like coal, oil  and gas (i.e. fossil fuels).  Dirty energy has been one of the major contributors to climate change, air pollution and increased incidence of health problems.  

For avoidance of any doubt, the only type of energy you should source for your home is renewable or green energy. 


Who Are The Top 10 Best Green Energy Suppliers?


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The good news is that there are now a number of high quality suppliers of green energy in the UK. We have come a long way since 1995, when Ecotricity, a leading green energy company was founded by the trailblazer Dale Vince.  

Not only did visionaries like Dale Vince and Juliet Davenport (founder, Good Energy) create an entire new industry, but also forced the incumbent electricity and gas behemoths (the big six suppliers) to start supplying environmental friendly renewable energy.  

The continued success of renewables in the UK, helped us achieve for the first time since the industrial revolution, power generation for two weeks without the use of coal. The National Grid confirmed this at the end of May 2019.    

We at e-zoomed look forward to the UK achieving 100% renewable electricity for 100% of the time i.e. no more polluting coal-fired power stations adversely impacting the health of our families.  

We can achieve the above milestone only if you help make the change.  So if you are currently sourcing dirty energy for your home, ‘now’ is an excellent time to make the switch to green energy.  The process is easy and only takes a few minutes.  One household at a time we will save our environment and country! 


Ecotricity


  • The company sells 100% green electricity.  In fact, the first company in the world to supply green electricity.  
  • They also generate their own green electricity by owning their own wind and solar farms.  
  • Ecotricity green credentials reach further than just the home.  The company owns and operates the Electric Highway, the national network of charging points for electric cars. 
  • The company also offers the ‘Fully Charged Bundle’ specially created for EV drivers .

Good Energy 


  • The company sells 100% green electricity.  The first green energy company in the world to be founded by a woman.  Juliet Davenport, the founder of Good Energy continues to be a significant source of inspiration for generations. 
  • Good Energy sources renewable energy from 3rdparty generators and also own their own wind and solar farms.  The company sources green power from 1,400 locations across the UK.
  • The company’s fuel mix includes, wind energy (57%), biogeneration (20%), solar (18%) and hydro (5%).
  • The company also offers an EV driver specific offering: EV Driver 3 tariff. 

Bulb  


  • Though a relatively new entrant in comparison to Ecotricity and Good Energy, Bulb has certainly accomplished a lot since its inception in 2015. As of March 2019, the company had a million customers, positioning it as the largest supplier of renewable energy in the UK. 
  • The company does not own or operate any renewable energy assets. Instead it sources energy from 3rdparty independent generators of renewable energy (wind, solar and hydro), either directly or via the wholesale market. 
  • The gas is 100% carbon neutral (10% produced from renewable sources like food or farm waste).
  • Yet to launch an EV specific tariff offering. 

Pure Planet 


  • 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon offset gas. 
  • Electricity sourced from wind energy (80.5%) and solar energy (19.5%). The company does not own its own renewable energy plants.  It sources from 3rdparty renewable energy generators. 
  • Does not offer a specific EV tariff.

Tonik


  • Founded in 2016.  Awarded the ‘2018 British Renewable Energy Award For Customer Service Recognition’. 
  • 100% renewable electricity with 10% green gas (remaining 90% carbon-offset).
  • Source from 3rdparty solar, wind and biogas generators.
  • Offers an EV tariff ‘Charge EV’.

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Solarplicity


  • Founded in 2009 by a team with solar development experience. 
  • Supply 100% renewable energy sourced via 3rdparty suppliers. 
  • In July 2019, up to 43,000 Solarplicity customers were acquired by Toto Energy.
  • Does not offer a specific electric vehicle charging tariff directly to customers.

Green Energy UK


  • Supplies 100% green electricity and 100% green gas (the only energy supplier in the UK to offer 100% green gas). 
  • Source from 3rdparty renewable energy generators to include the RES Group.
  • Does not offer a specific EV tariff. 

So Energy 


  • Supplies 100% green electricity sourced from 3rdparty renewable electricity generators across the UK.
  • Offers a ‘low price commitment’.
  •  Does not offer a specific EV tariff. 

Green Star Energy


  • Launched in 2013, in the UK, but owned a US based group, Just Energy Group Inc. 
  • The company does not own renewable energy assets.  It sources from 3rdparty green energy generators.  Sources 100% green electricity. 
  • Does not offer a specific EV tariff plan. 

Green Network Energy


  • Founded in 2003 in Italy, the company set up in the UK in 2015.
  • The company offers 100% renewable energy 
  • Does not offer a specific EV tariff plan. 


Author

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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