Green energy: a saving for the planet and the pocket

GREEN energy made up 20% of French electricity production towards the end of last year, moving close to the government’s target of 23%. Coming after 2015 where the total was just 14.9%, it is a remarkable turnaround as the country moves to end its dependence on nuclear.

Renewable power sources such as hydro- electricity, wind-power, solar power and biomass produced 19.5% of the electricity used in the third quarter of 2016 giving a total of 19.3terrawatt hours of current.
The improvement comes after the installation during the quarter of 293MW of wind turbines with 103MW of solar power farms, 12MW of biomass production and 9MW of hydro-electric.

Hundreds of thousands of customers, small and large businesses are playing a role in encouraging renewable energy by signing up for ‘green energy’ electricity tariffs that can be both clean and cheaper than regulated tariffs.
However, the energy they receive does not come directly from a solar power farm or a hydro-electric dam but is from the same power supply as the rest of France with ...

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