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British energy company supplies free green energy on days with plenty of sun and wind

By: Erika van Zinderen Bakker
The British energy supplier Octopus Energy started something new this month: the company supplies free energy on days when there is a lot of sun and wind. Octopus customers receive a notification a day in advance with the times at which they will receive free electricity.
The energy company hopes this will prevent wastage of energy. Research by think tank Carbon Tracker found that £1.5 billion was spent in the UK between January 2021 and April 2023 to curtail more than 6.5 terawatt hours of wind energy. This is because energy generated during times of low demand cannot be stored due to lack of capacity. An additional advantage of the measure is that it prevents extra costs for the energy supplier.

1 million households
The waste led to 2.5 million tons of emissions that could have been avoided if the energy had been consumed immediately. Moreover, the wasted energy could have supplied 1 million households with green electricity.

Notification in advance
Octopus Energy is now working with grid operator UK Power Networks to offer customers free electricity at times when renewable energy generation is high. Based on UK Power Networks forecasts, Octopus sends customers a day's notice of times when they can power their home or business for free. Times and dates vary depending on local generation capacity and conditions.

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"Victory for all"
Alex Schoch is Head of Flexibility at Octopus Energy Group. He says via the Octupus Energy website that he is happy with the new policy: “Thanks to technology that rewards greater demand, we no longer have to switch off abundant solar and wind energy. Instead, consumers can use this energy for free. That's good for the grid and good for the planet – a win for everyone.”

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    • Edwin wangombe

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      Woow this is a great way of showing how affordable renewable energy can be ... Kudos to Octopus Energy

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      • Videlis Eddie

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        Great news 💚💚💚

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        • mercy nduta

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          Commendable great job can be seen from you.

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          • Princess

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            Well done Octopus Energy. You are doing a great job 👏

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            • Hilda Wangui

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              Great achievement by octopus energy choosing clean energy

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              • Sarah Chabane

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                Fantastic! Octopus energy is a great example for others

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                • Annett Michuki..

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                  💚

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                  • Munene Mugambi

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                    A nice way to give back to society

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                    • Ajema Lydiah

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                      Impressive

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                      • rosebellendiritu

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                        Very good and encouraging,another indication to show that it can be done and it's possible to switch to clean energy.

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                        • CHRIS NGATIA

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                          Wonderful news

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                          • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                            These are great news

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                            • Jane Wangui

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                              @elizbeth_gathigia clean energy is welcome at any moment for a better tomorrow.

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                            • Komu Daniel

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                              Good news from britain

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                              • Saustine Lusanzu

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                                Clean and affordable energy is more important than fossil fuels

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                                • Rashid Kamau

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                                  @saustine_lusanzu Affordable and clean energy is critical for public health.

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