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Increase in homes powered by renewable energy

Just under 14% of UK electricity was generated from renewable sources last year, according to new Government figures.

This is up three percentage points from 2012. According to the latest Ofgem energy bill breakdown, renewable electricity levies account for £50, or 3.7%, of the typical annual household energy bill of £1,357.

Renewable Energy Association (REA) chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said the extra cost to the householder of using renewable energy sources was less than £1 per week.

“Renewable power projects, from biomass plants to wind farms, are helping reduce the UK’s contribution to climate change, while also limiting our dependence on imports and creating jobs in the new green economy,” she said.

The REA said that feed-in tariffs meant households with solar panels were already seen a drop in bills.

“With the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive set to launch before Easter, renewable heat technologies, such as wood fuel boilers, will soon be able to play a part as well,” she added.

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