Chris Bowden, MD, Squeaky
Check if your energy supplier is misleading you about its ‘green’ tariff
Greenwashing is commonplace among UK energy suppliers. Many energy firms market their tariffs under an eco-friendly banner, but continue to supply electricity that’s generated by fossil fuels.
So how do you work out if your supplier is fuelling your business with the type of energy it says it is?
Well, it’s not easy - partly because many suppliers work hard to cover up the true source of their energy. But fear not, we’ve done the legwork for you.
Our experts analysed the actual fuel mix of the UK’s key industrial and commercial (I&C) suppliers between 2020-2021. Including: British Gas, Npower, Drax and E.ON.
Our findings suggest many business energy suppliers are misleading their customers about the type of fuel they supply.
We’ve presented our findings in this blog so you can quickly check if your supplier is being honest about its fuel mix, or not.
The Fuel Mix Disclosures of UK business energy suppliers
Each year, energy suppliers submit their annual Fuel Mix Disclosure data to Ofgem for the previous supply year (1 April- 31 March).
The FMD regulation was introduced in 2005 with the aim of helping customers (domestic and commercial) understand the makeup of the power they are buying.
In other words, it’s a way for you to check your energy supplier is supplying you with the fuel mix it says it is.
The fuel mix disclosure (FMD) breaks energy sources into five categories:
(In essence - fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable.)
You should be able to find your energy supplier’s FMD on its website. But to make things easier, we’ve compiled a table of the UK’s key I&C suppliers’ FMDs for the financial year 2020-2021.
You can use this table to:
- Check in on what your energy supplier claims its fuel mix is
- See how your supplier stacks up against the competition