Generation is a key starting point for our energy story. In the UK many customers default to purchasing electricity from the national grid and inherit the standard mix which includes coal, gas, nuclear, wind, hydro and other renewable generation. Some customers choose to purchase renewable only electricity meaning their provider would guarantee that the equivalent quantum of electricity has been bought from renewable sources only. More and more though customers are turning into prosumers whereby they also have small solar or wind generators that both meet parts of their own demand and can feed back into the grid.
From traditional fossil generation to renewable energy, there are fascinating stories explaining the past, present and future of how electricity is created in the UK and around the world. Generating electricity has become a political hot topic with the link to carbon emissions and climate change. Business models of the generators have changed over time with changes in regulation. Generation has been and will continue to be an exciting area of technological innovation.
See below for a selection of the most recent generation related stories.