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Generation

Renewable generation and storage

Low carbon renewable energy is generated from natural resources such as the sun, wind and water, using technology to drive turbines and generate power, without releasing any harmful carbon emissions into the environment.

The UK needs to commit to these types of energy if we are to meet our challenging emissions targets and transition to a net zero carbon economy.

Although generation from renewable energy has increased to meet around 40% of the UK’s total demand, surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in 2019, only around 2.5% of households use renewable technology to generate their own electricity.

As a domestic or business customer, you can install renewable technology (also called micro-generation) to generate your own power, instead of buying all of your energy from suppliers, and sell some of it back to the grid.

There are various technologies available for generating your own electricity in the home or workplace which could reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

  

Solar power

Solar power uses the sun's energy to generate electricity and currently provides around 6% of the UK’s total electricity supply.

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Wind power

Wind turbines transform the energy of the wind into electricity.

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Hydro power

Hydro power is energy created by harnessing the power of flowing and falling water.

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Storage

Storage allow you to use more of the clean energy you have generated, helping you to reduce your energy bills and emissions.

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Installation

Installing and connecting your generation and storage to the electricity network.

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Export payments

Surplus energy from your renewable energy system can be exported to the grid to be used by somebody else.

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