Renewable energy in the UK

'We've got a one-to-one match to drive renewable electricity'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

E.on energy
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Supplier E.On is to provide all of its residential UK customers with an electricity supply that is wholly matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass and solar.

It's one of the biggest green energy switches to date, and comes at no extra cost to customers.

A recent survey found 77% of households said they were concerned with climate change, and 79% said they could improve their own sustainable behaviour.

"For every kW hour of electricity we sell to our residential customers, we will ensure that 1kW hour of renewable electricity is produced onto the system. And that comes either from the own assets that we've built or with partnerships with developers we have, or by buying them on the market," Michael Lewis, the UK chief executive of E-On explains to BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"It means we've got a one-to-one match to drive renewable electricity in the market and it gives our customers what we believe they want."

Latest £10bn barrage plan generates growing debate

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The latest plan for a barrage across Morecambe Bay has been described as "truly transformational" by some, and probably unviable by others.

Supporters of the project say it would create a road crossing from Lancashire to Barrow and west Cumbria, and generate enough electricity from the tides to replace a nuclear power station, but critics say it would damage one of the world's most delicate and protected environments, without creating electricity at a reasonable cost.

Morecambe Bay Barrage artist's impression
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National Grid are forecasting an 80% increase by 2050 in our power generation requirement just to power electric vehicles... we have to start getting the energy from somewhere and one of the strengths we have in this country is tidal.”

Rob JohnstonCumbria Chamber of Commerce

What a tidal engineer is looking for is something that is deep and narrow, and what you have in Morecambe Bay is something that is wide and shallow, so in fact it is a tidal engineer's nightmare.”

Susannah BleakleyMorecambe Bay Partnership