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Renewable energy: what does it actually mean?

May 25, 2017 - 2min read

Phrases such as ‘renewable energy’ or ‘green energy provider’ are used a lot these days. While it’s positive to hear these words entering the vernacular, you’d be forgiven for getting a little confused by what renewable or green actually means in practice. With this in mind, we thought we’d take you through what we mean when we say we provide 100% renewable electricity.

Renewable energy in practice

We guarantee that for every unit of electricity Tonik Energy customers use, we purchase the equivalent amount of renewable energy in return. To put it another way, for each unit of electricity our customers take from the grid, we ensure this is replaced by a unit of renewably-generated electricity. We do this through REGOs, a scheme set up by the UK regulator OFGEM (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets).

The REGO or Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin scheme was created to provide greater transparency to the consumer by making clear exactly what proportion of electricity their supplier sources from renewable generation.

100% backed by REGOs

OFGEM issues one REGO certificate per megawatt hour (MWh) of eligible renewable output to generators of renewable electricity. At Tonik Energy we took the decision to ensure our electricity is 100% backed by REGOs. In other words, it is 100% renewable. We can even tell you that our electricity is currently generated from a mix of solar and anaerobic digestion (where organic waste is broken down to produce biogas).

The grid

One of the reasons for the confusion around renewable electricity and what it means is that customers – quite understandably – believe they are receiving 100% renewable electricity directly into their home. But due to the energy infrastructure this is simply not possible. There is only one national grid and this supplies every home connected to the mains.

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In short, there is no way of knowing whether the electricity going into your home was generated by renewable, non-renewable or a mix of both. However, if you purchase electricity that is 100% REGO-backed then you know that the equivalent electricity you have used will be replaced by the renewable kind. The more customers buy REGO-backed electricity, the more investment there will be in renewable generation, and the more progress we will make towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

What about gas?

Our renewable energy goal does not end with 100% renewable electricity. We are now looking into providing a green gas tariff and will soon be offering one that will include between 5%-10% renewable gas.

Get a quote

If you want to change to a more renewable energy supply get your quote with Tonik now. Being good to the planet doesn’t have to be expensive.