Going green: Renewable energy in Ireland
Want to reduce your environmental impact by changing to a green energy plan? Here’s your guide to renewable energy in Ireland.
Many of us want to do our bit for the environment and are always looking for ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. A good way to do this is to change over to a renewable energy supplier or tariff.
We’ve put together some information on renewable energy in Ireland and how you can limit your energy impact on the environment.
How much of Ireland’s energy is from renewable sources?
A SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) report from 2020 shows that the share of electricity generated in Ireland from renewable sources was 33.2%.
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) requires that energy suppliers disclose the sources they use to generate their energy each year.
Which suppliers offer renewable plans?
Although renewable energy deals aren’t always the cheapest on the market, more and more people are opting for these tariffs in order to reduce their impact on the environment.
The latest CRU report Fuel Mix Disclosure 2019 reveals there are currently five energy suppliers in Ireland offering 100% renewable energy. These are:
In June 2020, Bright launched offering 100% green electricity tariffs. Confirmation of their energy supply is pending and should be included in the next Fuel Mix Disclosure Report.
Seven suppliers produce a percentage of renewable energy:
- BE Energy - 34.8%
- Bord Gáis Energy - 31.1%
- Community Power - 34.8%
- Electric Ireland - 47.5%
- Flogas - 34.8%
- Glowpower - 34.8%
- Prepay Power - 34.8%
Can I switch to a renewable/green energy plan?
If you wish to change to a renewable/green energy tariff, it’s easy to do.
First, check to see if you are outside the minimum term of your current contract. You may be liable to pay an early exit fee to switch before your contract has ended.
Once you’re free to switch, grab your bill and run a comparison to find out which of the renewable energy suppliers has the best deal for you.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint even further?
If you are already with a renewable energy supplier but want to cut down on your energy usage to reduce your environmental impact even further, there are plenty of energy saving measures you can put into place to make your home more energy-efficient.
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