Our energy sources

Our energy sources

At Co-operative Energy, we are committed to tackling climate change. We do this in three ways:

  1. We actively support community energy generation and provide market access for their output by purchasing their electricity. In addition future purchases of energy will not have coal generation in the portfolio to reduce our carbon footprint.

    At our 'Energy Hub', customers can choose for themselves where their electricity is sourced from and (in many instances) the precise renewables project they prefer. Visit:www.cooperativeenergyhub.co.uk.
  1. We adopt energy-efficient practices throughout our trading groups.
  2. We help you to save energy and give lots of helpful tips on how to lead a lower carbon life.

Our energy mix

All suppliers are required to provide information about the mix of fuels used to generate the electricity supplied to their customers as well as its environmental impact. Where we have purchased energy without specifically gaining evidence of what technology it’s come from, we are given the national energy mix for that portion. This will include energy from coal and nuclear generation sites.

Known as the Fuel Mix Disclosure, we must publish this information annually.  The table below shows the fuel sources for the electricity Co-operative Energy supplied for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

The figures for UK average fuel mix are provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Fuel Mix Disclosure Graph

We are committed to a sustainable world, and this is reflected in our ambition to obtain up to 75% of our energy from renewable sources within the next three years.

To make a step change to the future carbon content of our fuel mix, Co-operative Energy ceased contracting energy that is generated from coal fired power stations from February 2016. Due to our historic purchases we are still taking delivery of generic energy which will include both coal and nuclear generation, but the coal generation content will diminish to zero over the next three years.

In addition, we are committed to helping our members and customers reduce their energy consumption by offering energy saving advice and smart technology.

Taken together, we believe that this demonstrates our real commitment to creating a better, fairer and sustainable world.

New - Statement for CR team who receive any further enquiries

The Fuel Mix Disclosure chart is correct but the chart relates to the official DECC fuel mix from April 2014 to March 2015.

When we receive the updated fuel mix disclosure this September (covering April 2015 to March 2016) we will still have coal and nuclear generation in our mix because we had already contracted some coal generation over the next 3 years. The important point to note is that we have made a very ambitious pledge to stop contracting anymore coal-generation which is now fully embedded in our purchasing processes.”

The reason we saw a drop in the percentage of our fuel mix from renewable energy was due to us gaining an accelerated customer base over 2015 which meant that the renewable energy sites which we purchased power from was spread over a greater number of customers.

We are committed to a sustainable world, and this is reflected in our ambition to obtain up to 75% of our energy from renewable sources within the next three years.