ScottishPower has announced its domestic fixed price tariffs will be supplied by 100% green electricity.
All electricity for the new tariffs comes from the company’s wind farms across the UK, and energy generated by these will only be sold to ScottishPower’s domestic and commercial customers.
ScottishPower says it currently invests £7m a day into improving green energy infrastructure, and all money from the green tariffs will be spent on new renewable generation.
Unlike many other green electricity tariffs on the market, ScottishPower’s new tariffs provide both the renewable electricity and its accompanying certificates.
Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower said: ‘With an increasing number of green tariffs in the market, it’s important that consumers understand how “green” their tariff is in terms of supporting the UK renewables industry.
‘This isn’t about playing games with bits of paper or certificates. This is the real deal – customers buying energy from renewable sources and helping us to build even more.
‘As well as cleaning up the environment, we want to clean up how green energy is sold. My concern is that too many customers think they’re buying renewable electricity, when all they’re buying is a renewable certificate. Today, we’re calling time on this so-called ‘greenwashing.’
‘Unlike some competitor offerings that simply buy up green certificates and don’t actually purchase the related renewable electricity, ScottishPower customers can be confident that their electricity comes from renewable sources, with all the electricity supplied from our UK-based windfarms.’
In related news, renewable energy projects in Scotland have generated £20m in benefits for local communities in the last year, according to a new report.
The latest edition of the Register of Community Benefits, which is maintained by Local Energy Scotland, shows that more than 240 energy projects are now helping communities across the country.
In the Highlands, Stroupster Community Fund uses money from Greencoat UK Wind to fund projects to benefit the local area of Dunnet and Canisbay.