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EDF Fuel Mix – How EDF Generates its Energy

By Energy Company Numbers on January 3, 2017 in edf, Help and advice
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In the United Kingdom, energy suppliers / utility companies are required by law to publish details of the fuel sources that they use to generate electricity. In our previous article, we looked into the fuel mix of British Gas with some surprising results (take a look at the linked article to see for yourself). This week, we will be taking a close look at EDF’s fuel mix to see how they compare to other suppliers.

EDF Fuel Mix

Here’s EDF’s fuel mix for the period April 2015 – March 2016:

EDF ENERGY SOURCE APRIL 2015 to MARCH 2016
Other Fuels 0.3%
Coal 14.5%
Nuclear 64.3%
Natural Gas 8.6%
Renewables 12.3%

And here’s some handy charts to help you visualise those numbers:

EDF’s Fuel Mix Visualised

EDF Fuel Mix Pie Chart

EDF Fuel Mix Pie Chart

EDF Fuel Mix Bar Chart

EDF Fuel Mix Bar Chart

Breaking down those numbers, we can see that EDF relies heavily on nuclear energy to generate its electricity, with 64.3 per cent of all their electricity generated by nuclear. The second most-used energy source is coal, with 14.5 per cent, while the third most-used energy source is renewables (wind, solar, hydro). What is most surprising here is EDF’s lack of dependency on natural gas; for instance, British Gas generates 30 per cent of their electricity through natural gas. It is also clear that EDF does not have a very good eco setup, with just 12.3 per cent of their electricity generated through renewables compared to British Gas’s 33 per cent.

So, how does EDF’s fuel mix compare to the UK average? Let’s take a look:

UK Average Fuel Mix

UK Average Fuel Mix Data
Other Fuels 2.5%
Coal 17.1%
Nuclear 23.7%
Natural Gas 32.3%
Renewables 24.3%

EDF Fuel Mix

EDF ENERGY SOURCE APRIL 2015 to MARCH 2016
Other Fuels 0.3%
Coal 14.5%
Nuclear 64.3%
Natural Gas 8.6%
Renewables 12.3%

EDF uses less renewables than the UK average (24.3 per cent versus 12.3 per cent), and more nuclear energy (64.3 per cent versus 23.7 per cent). However, they use less gas than the UK average (8.6 per cent versus 32.3 per cent) and less coal (14.5 per cent versus 17.1 per cent).

Further reading: EDF Phone Number and Contact Information

Taking this data, we can summarise that EDF is dependent on so-called ‘traditional’ fuel types, such as nuclear and coal. The amount of electricity they generate from renewable sources is negligible compared to nuclear and coal. However, EDF is openly committed to generating more of its electricity from renewable sources in the future, which is an important issue for their customers and the environment as a whole. You can find out more about EDF’s ‘Better Energy Ambitions” here.

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