Co-operative reaches 100% renewable electricity

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UK supplier Co-operative Energy, part of the Co-operative Group, has achieved 100% renewable electricity for its customers during its first year of operation.

The firm, which joined the UK energy market last year in response to the ‘baffling and bewildering’ array of tariffs on offer from the Big Six energy companies, offers a single, simple tariff.

When it launched last May, Co-operative Energy promised to provide customers with electricity with less than half the national average of carbon by April 2012.

By sourcing all of its electricity from wind, hydro and biomass renewable generators, including two community-owned wind farms at Harlock Hill and Westmill, the firm has well exceeded its target.

“At launch, we made a public pledge to ensure that, by April 2012, the carbon content of our electricity would be less than half the national average. It’s a great achievement to source our electricity entirely from renewable sources, especially in our first year as an energy provider,” says Nigel Mason of Co-operative Energy.

However, he admitted that as the supplier’s customer base grows, it will have to remain “open-minded” about sourcing electricity from non-renewable generators.

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