Britain is getting greener: Renewable capacity is now greater than fossil fuels — Bulb Community

Britain is getting greener: Renewable capacity is now greater than fossil fuels

A new report by Drax has revealed that Great Britain has reached a watershed moment in renewable energy generation.

Drax operate Britain's largest power station in the UK, generating and selling ~8% of the UK’s electricity. They’ve made big steps to decarbonise their production, helping Britain towards a low carbon future.

The report outlines that for the first time, capacity to generate renewable electricity in Britain has overtaken the capacity to generate fossil-fuels.

This is a huge shift since the start of the decade. In 2010, the combined generating capacity of coal, oil and gas was seven times higher than renewable sources. But, with a third of non-renewable plants closing and the combined capacity of renewable generation having tripled, there’s been rapid progress towards powering Britain with green energy.

The majority of renewable energy in Britain currently comes from wind. Together, both on and offshore wind farms in Great Britain account for 45% of global wind power potential. Solar power and biomass are the second and third largest renewable resources.

At Bulb, we’re on a mission to help people across the UK to reduce their energy bills and lower their carbon emissions.

Our electricity is from 100% renewable sources. So each new member that switches to Bulb helps to increase the demand for renewable generation. Great work.

If you’re not with us yet, you can sign up to Bulb in just two minutes. Or, if you’re already a member, you can send your referral link to your friends, relatives and people you happen to know. You and your mates will have a much bigger impact together.

Do you think Britain could have zero-carbon future? How long will it take? And if not, what will get in the way? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Comments

  • edited November 2018
    In the future, I think it's inevitable that pound signs in people's eyes will dictate the move to a much higher percentage of our energy being generated by renewable means. Fossil fuels just aren't going to be the cheapest way to do things.

    I'd like to know how Bulb plan to differentiate themselves in the future as more energy companies move towards renewables and start to heavily advertise that fact.

    (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/oct/16/scottish-power-wind-drax-sale-uk-energy-firms)
  • More specifically Renewable Generated Electricity. There is technically no such thing as renewable generated gas alternative on the market.

    While there is carbon neutral generated gas alternatives, these still produce green house gases like fossil fuel and is the opposite of what we see in renewable generated electricity.
  • mowcius said:

    In the future, I think it's inevitable that pound signs in people's eyes will dictate the move to a much higher percentage of our energy being generated by renewable means. Fossil fuels just aren't going to be the cheapest way to do things.

    I'd like to know how Bulb plan to differentiate themselves in the future as more energy companies move towards renewables and start to heavily advertise that fact.

    (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/oct/16/scottish-power-wind-drax-sale-uk-energy-firms)

    Great question @mowcious

    Firstly, we love that more energy companies are going green. We think it’s important for consumers to have a choice. And if that choice is between renewable sources, even better.

    We’re committed to understanding and shaping the future of energy. And this starts with you. Creating the right products and tariffs for our members is key to making your energy greener, simpler and cheaper. And hopefully staying ahead of the game.

    Smart technologies are central to the future of energy for Bulb. From electric vehicles to battery storage, there’s a huge opportunity to help our members reduce their consumption.

    @Jenna at Bulb and her team have been spending time with ‘early adopters’ of renewable technologies. This research helps us to understand how members are already using their energy and how we can help them to optimise their energy savings in the future.

    But we won’t just be relying on existing technologies. We’ll be creating useful tools for our members to engage with and manage their energy.

    The first step to this is our smart tariff. We want to make sure members understand the real cost of energy by enabling them to monitor the impact of how much they use and when they use it.

    Infact, project Jura, run by Bulb labs, found that the average smart tariff user reduced their on-peak rates by 33% and the average energy consumption reduced by 18%. These insights help us understand energy usage behaviours create products that reflect this.

    What would you like to see Bulb doing that other suppliers are not?
  • I find smart meters, if properly designed and roll-out in a consumer friendly manner is key to saving energy but also a key element how energy companies may change their approach to purchasing wholesale energy.

    I would like to see more innovating tariffs, with options to have free supply of energy at random times if there is a higher supply with little demand maybe at 30 min notice by text and in app notification. Furthermore, maybe have more rates within a smart tariff, rather than the 3 rates that have been seen by many suppliers.

    I would also like to see more effort in tariffs to reduce the demand for certain times of the day with very high energy price to help change customer habits. The psychology alone that your paying an arm and leg over that period will help change consumer habits, but still saving money at other times of the day. If we take this tariff rate happens between 1600 and 1900, having a higher price will change consumer habits, with planning you can cook next day lunch/dinner at a cheaper rate rather on the same day, encouraging kids to go outside to play rather than in front of a computer/gaming console between 1600 and 1900. There is now new technology in washing machines that can can delay entering into a wash cycle until x amount of hours have passed, and this has been available for some years.

    For example a washing machine on average uses 2.5 units of energy, and at a cost of £1 per unit between 1600 and 1900 (rate 1) with a total cos or between 0600 and 1300 (Rate 2) the cost per unit is £0.14.

    Rate 1 = 2.5 * £01.00 = £2.50
    Rate 2 = 2.5 * £00.14 = £0.35

    A £2.15 difference of a saving if a customer uses their washing machine between 0600 and 1300, and obviously depending how often a customer uses the washing machine that is a massive saving a month, even with 1 wash cycle a week that is £8.60 a month.
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