Green electricity tariffs
8 May 2009

Sadly, we no longer produce a green electricity league table.

This decision was not taken lightly - as we believe it is vital that individuals are empowered to take personal action to tackle climate change.

Friends of the Earth does, of course, still support green electricity tariffs in principle.

However, we have decided that we can't continue putting huge resources into what should be a government responsibility.

Briefing note


The way forward

Thousands of people have joined us in asking Ofgem to sort out a certification scheme for green tariffs. Thanks to your help this is now happening.

The details of the new scheme are not yet finalised, but Ofgem thinks that carbon offset schemes and nuclear power could feature in the new tariffs.

We think that the tariffs should instead help tackle climate change by only including renewable electricity sources.

What you can do

  • Write to OfGem (see action below) asking for the new tariff scheme to support renewable energy and not to include nuclear power or carbon offset schemes. Ofgem is the regulator of the gas and electricity industries.
  • You can still switch to green electricity - check which tariff suits you best at Green Electricity Marketplace (this is another organisation's website)
  • Go a step further by taking personal action. Think of ways at home or at work where you could reduce electricity consumption. For example, switch off appliances rather than leave them on standby.

Press for change

Send an email to Mr Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive of Ofgem, calling for a renewable electricity tariff accreditation scheme.

ActionEmail Mr Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive of Ofgem

Dear Mr Buchanan,



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