Trending now: Co-operative Energy becomes 100 per cent renewables supplier
Co-operative Energy, a new entrant to the UK energy supplier market, has sourced 100 per cent of the electricity provided to its customers from renewable generators in its first year of operation.
Community-owned wind farms
When it officially launched in May 2011, Cooperative Energy was careful not to call itself a green energy supplier, instead only promising that renewables would play an "important" part in the energy it supplied to its customers.
Nigel Mason, Business Development manager at Co-operative Energy, described meeting the 100 per cent mark as a "great achievement", but said company may source from non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear, as the company grows in the future.
"As we grow, we will have to stay open-minded about sourcing our electricity from non-renewable generators, whilst choosing renewable wherever possible. We believe that a multi-pronged approach to energy supply is needed if the UK is to meet its climate change targets in the medium term."
The stated aim of Co-operative Energy is to "shake up" the energy market and as such it says it needs "the flexibility to source from different types of technologies".
Of those renewable energy generators it is sourcing from currently, the 2.5 megawatt (MW) Harlock Hill, near Ulverston in Cumbria, is Britain's first co-operatively owned wind power project, while the 1.3 MW Westmill wind farm was the first wholly community-owned wind farms to be built in the south east of England.
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