Climate Action

E.ON to power 3.3 million homes through renewable energy

E.ON has announced they are now providing all of their residential customers in the UK 100% renewable electricity, at no extra cost.

  • 09 July 2019
  • Poppy Bootman

E.ON has announced they are now providing all of their residential customers in the UK 100% renewable electricity, at no extra cost.

The transition is powering 3.3 million homes using renewable power and is the largest coverage to occur in the UK.

E.ON is one of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies, a group of six of the largest energy suppliers in the UK. Being the third largest business, E.ON supplies to 4.6 million people each year.

E.ON UK Chief Executive, Michael Lewis commented on the announcement: “Climate change is the defining issue of our era, and one that energy customers are increasingly concerned about. We believe large-scale action can make significant change possible and we’re committed to playing a leading role and setting an example for others to follow, that’s why we’re providing all of our residential customers with 100% renewable electricity as standard – a change at a scale never seen before in Britain.”

“Our announcement is an important first step in a journey towards a more sustainable and personalised energy system, but the future of energy doesn’t stop here. The opportunities include helping all of our customers to better manage their energy through smart, personalised and sustainable technologies.”

E.ON’s decision has arrived after a YouGov Poll highlighted that three in five Britons not already on a renewable tariff would change to a renewable power supplier if at a reasonable price. E.ON’s renewable supply will charge customers no extra costs than their usual power supply rates.

To supply the renewable electricity, E.ON is directly generating power through their own renewable generation stations including wind and biomass plants. The company owns over 20 onshore and offshore wind farms, as well as biomass plants in South Yorkshire and Scotland.

E.ON have said in addition to agreements from independent wind generators, they are sourcing the rest of the power via renewable electricity guarantee certificates, extending the power sources to solar energy.

E.ON have previously inculcated a sustainable ethos throughout many of their energy products and services, offering smart thermostats, solar technology, EVs and insulation.

Read the full media release here.