Community-generated green electricity to be offered to all in UK

16 January 2020

All UK homes will soon be able to use energy from community renewable schemes across the country with the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity exclusively from community projects.

The deal, from Co-op Energy, will charge an extra £5 a month over Co-op’s regular tariff to provide electricity from community energy projects and gas which includes a carbon offset in the price.

Co-op, which is operated by Octopus Energy after it bought the business from the Midcounties Co-operative last year, will source the green electricity from 90 local community energy schemes. It also promised that a fair price would be paid to community generators and that all profits from the Community Power tariff will be reinvested in maintaining the community projects and building new ones.

Greg Jackson, the chief executive of Octopus Energy, said being able to buy locally-sourced clean, green energy is ‘a massive jump in the right direction’ which will help to grow the UK’s green electricity capacity.

News of the new tariff comes as green energy suppliers race to prove their sustainability credentials amid rising competition for eco-conscious customers and ‘greenwashing’ in the market. Consumer group Which? Has found that many suppliers offer renewable energy tariffs but do not actually generate or buy any renewable electricity themselves.