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New star rating for ‘green’ electricity deals

Scheme would help consumers make informed choices


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Although there is no ‘green gas’, you can still switch your energy supplier to a green tariff

A new star-rating system should be applied to ‘green’ energy tariffs to help customers assess their green credentials, energy regulator Ofgem said today.

The energy regulator wants the ratings to apply to electricity deals being marketed as eco-friendly.

They will help businesses and householders who want to cut their carbon footprint, Ofgem said.

Eco-friendly tariffs

Under the regulator’s proposals, all green tariffs would be awarded a rating ranging from one to five stars.

Announcing its proposed star rating system today, Ofgem said it would work with energy firms and customer groups to get the new guidelines in place by September.

Climate change minister Ian Pearson said: ‘More and more people want to go green, but they need to be sure that what they’re doing is making a real difference.’

Ofgem’s rating scheme will assess how much carbon each green tariff uses.

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