Who offers renewable energy in Ireland?
You can reduce your environmental impact by choosing a green energy plan. Here’s how renewable energy in Ireland works and how to switch to a greener tariff.
Which suppliers offer renewable plans?
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) requires that gas and electricity suppliers disclose the sources they use to generate their energy each year.
The latest CRU report Fuel Mix Disclosure 2021 reveals the gas and electricity suppliers in Ireland offering 100% renewable energy.
How green is this renewable energy?
Despite a growing number of renewable energy options, Ireland still heavily relies on fossil fuels.
As we only have enough wind farms and solar parks to supply about 30-40% of the country’s electricity needs, suppliers will try to reach 100% renewable energy by investing in renewable energy abroad, and obtaining green certificates.
This is done under a Europe-wide Guarantees of Origin (GO) scheme.
So where a supplier tariff refers to 100% green energy, this can also mean contractual support for renewables, rather than the physical delivery of renewable electricity.
Suppliers of 100% renewable energy
Suppliers with a fuel mix of less than 100% renewable
Where a supplier has not declared their fuel mix by March 2022, or chose not to disclose, they’ve been assigned the Residual Mix figure of 21.3% renewable.
|Bord Gáis Energy||41.1%|
|Water Power||Not declared|
|Yuno Energy||New supplier - not declared|
Other ways to reduce your carbon footprint
If you are already with a renewable energy supplier but want to reduce your environmental impact further, there are other measures you can take.
Renewable energy FAQs
Are renewable energy tariffs more expensive?
No, not necessarily. In the past, renewable energy tariffs were more expensive, but things have changed due to more suppliers promoting their green credentials and better infrastructure.
You can still save on your energy bills if you switch from a standard tariff to a renewable energy plan.
What is the residual fuel mix?
The Residual Mix is calculated for Ireland, for Northern Ireland, and on an All-Island basis. It’s the mix of all unclaimed electricity in the system.
It’s the sum of:
- Any generation attributes not assigned to a supplier
- Surplus Guarantees of Origin declared by suppliers
- Unused/cancelled certificates which expired in the disclosure period
What is sustainable energy?
Sustainable energy describes energy that is generated from an energy source that will never deplete, like solar, wind and tidal power.