03 March 2010

Top energy firms accused of missing renewable energy goals

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Ecotricity sparks fresh row after slamming larger rivals for failing to back up green commitments with genuine investment

Five out of the "big six" energy suppliers failed to invest the £30 per customer per year that is required to help the UK hit renewables targets, according to a new analysis from renewable energy firm Ecotricity.

The accusation drew a strongly worded response from energy giant Centrica, which accused Ecotricity of using "highly misleading" figures.

According to Ecotricity's analysis of publicly available investment plans, only nPower hit the £30 per customer target in 2009, investing more than £65 for each customer on renewables. In contrast, ScottishPower spent £16, EDF Energy £9, Scottish and Southern £8, and Centrica and E.ON nothing at all.

The £30 target is based on what it would take for each company to meet its bare minimum legal requirement under the Renewables Obligation to expand renewable energy capacity by around one per cent every year.

(BusinessGreen)

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