As you may be aware, Good Energy was recently declared to be the top provider in Which? magazine’s 2013 survey of the seventeen main energy companies in the United Kingdom. It received an impressively high 85% rating for overall customer satisfaction, and five stars for its customer service and energy saving policies. In addition, it obtained a four star rating for their complaints procedures and the clarity of its bills. While it nonetheless only received three out of five possible stars for its average cost, there is an important reason for this fact. Specifically, Good Energy has constantly sourced every bit of its energy from renewable sources since the company was originally founded back in 2002, so it is not as cheap to run as many of its competitors. However, many people are willing to pay just a little more for a service that they know is actively working to improve the environment on our planet. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the most important reasons why Good Energy could well be the best energy supplier in the country.
* Good Energy was originally launched in 1997, when it developed as an offshoot of a German company called Unit Energy Europe. At this time, the UK offshoot was called Ofex, but it took the more descriptive name of ‘Good Energy’ when it changed ownership in 2003.
* Their CEO, Juliet Davenport, has a degree in Atmospheric Physics and previously worked on European energy policy at the European Commission before moving on to work on carbon taxation at the European parliament. She has been extremely vocal on the topic of environmentally friendly approaches to energy, and her advice is continuously sought by members of the Government when issues concerning renewable energy are being discussed.
* Good Energy’s explicitly stated policy is to play a key role in making sure that all of Britain relies exclusively on renewable energy by the year 2050. In addition to making this goal widely known, the company has outlined a plan for making sure that their vision becomes a reality. The basic idea is to gradually move from power stations that rely on fossil fuels to increasingly widespread usage of smaller, independent generators. These generators are intended to supply energy to houses and businesses in their area.
* Good Energy runs a 'Home Gen' scheme that pays microgenerators for all the power that they produce (even if they end up using this power for their own needs). When this scheme was launched in 2004, it attracted a huge amount of attention and made Good Energy a name that people strongly considered when trying to choose an energy provider.
* The company is becoming progressively more popular as time goes on. Last year, it had approximately 32,000 electricity customers as well as 8,500 natural gas customers. However, thanks to increasing interest in environmental friendliness and a lot of positive news coverage, the number of customers has been steadily rising in 2013.
* As mentioned above, all of Good Energy’s electricity comes directly from renewable sources (such as sun, wind and rain) rather than fossil fuels, carbon or nuclear sources. This fact is what makes the company the best energy supplier for environmentally conscious individuals who are looking to make a tangible difference to the country’s energy efficiency. As it stands, roughly 70% of Good Energy’s renewable power comes from relatively small renewable electricity generators dotted around the United Kingdom. Most notably, the company owns Delabole wind farm in Cornwall, which is famous for being the first commercial wind farm in the country. As of 2010, Delabole features four exceptionally powerful, modern wind turbines that are expected to increase the energy output of the farm by over 50%. People who live near the wind farm are invited to switch to Good Energy for 20% less than the price of the supplier’s average tariff.
* In addition to actively supporting and practicing policies that are good for the environment, Good Energy scored 100 out of a possible 100 in the Ethical Company Organisation’s ranking of renewable energy suppliers. This ranking considers not just climate change issues but also factors involving human rights and animal welfare. Indeed, Good Energy was the only provider to receive a perfect score in the Ethical Company Organisations evaluation. This result suggests that their approach makes them stand out even among like-minded companies.
* Good Energy regularly attracts significant accolades for its unique and ethical approach to energy production. These awards include the Sustainable Housing Awards' Sustainable Innovation award, the Best Green Company award from the Sunday Times, the British Renewable Energy Company Award, the Observer's Ethical Award for Best Online Retail Initiative, and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Environment.
* One interesting and attractive aspect of their plans relates to the National Trust. For every year that a dual fuel customer stays with Green Energy, they give £40 to the National Trust in order to help them work to preserve some of the most beautiful places on earth. As a bonus, customers are invited to visit one National Trust property for free each year.
* Finally, it is worth noting that Good Energy received a five star customer service rating from Which? magazine's survey participants this year. This particular award makes them one of the friendliest providers in the country. They also receive positive feedback for the extent to which they teach customers about the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption at home and at work, helping to save money and protect the planet at the same time.
"We’re committed to running our business responsibly, and ensuring it has a positive impact on our employees, our customers and our planet is a key part of achieving our aim of building a renewable energy future. It has informed every decision we have made from the very beginning."