How electricity is generated: nPower fuel mix 2013–14

One of the Big Six energy suppliers, nPower’s fuel mix hasn’t changed much since 2012–13, leaving it with around half from gas and a third from coal.


How electricity is generated: nPower fuel mix 2013–14

Bucking the trend seen amongst other energy suppliers, nPower’s fuel mix has changed little since 2013–13. The percentage of coal in the company’s fuel mix has dropped slightly to 31% but gas is almost the same at 50%.

Increase in nuclear energy

While coal and gas still make up the majority of nPower’s fuel mix, the amount of nuclear in its mix has gone from almost nothing to 2%. Taken with the proportion of renewable energy in its mix (up by 1% to 15%), the proportion of low carbon energy generation exceeds 65%.

How electricity is generated: nPower fuel mix 2013–14


Renewable energy

The proportion of renewable energy in the fuel mix had been quite a high proportion but compared with the national average for 2013–14 that is no longer the case. The proportion of renewable energy in the fuel mix is now below the national average.

Powering the future

The number of coal, nuclear and oil fired power plants are declining. As they do nPower has plans to move towards a mix of gas and renewable energy generation. However, the company understands that in order to maintain security of supply cleaner coal fired power plants will be needed along with new nuclear power stations.

The company has plans to develop several new gas fired power plants, but has also been involved in converting the coal-fired Tilbury power station to biomass using 100% sustainable biomass. There were dramatic scenes in 2012 when the flammable wood pellets caused a massive blaze.

With this in mind there may be a change in nPower’s fuel mix for 2014–15 and beyond.

Switch business electricity supplier

If your business electricity contract is due for renewal then it’s time to compare prices. Call our friendly team on 0800 411 8830 and they will be able to advise you on the best option for your business. You may decide you would prefer a greener electricity supplier (take a look at Opus Energy or LoCO2) but whatever you decide our team will be able to help you compare and switch.

Related Articles

DCP228 and Business Electricity

What is DCP228? DCP228 is a regulation to be introduced by Ofgem in April 2018 which will change the way busin...

Read More
energy news

DCP 161 – Excess Capacity Charges

If your business uses a Half Hourly (HH) meter for its energy supply, make sure you’re ready for DCP 161...

Read More
Scottish Power logo

Total Gas & Power

Total Gas & Power is a business energy supplier, wholly owned by Total SA. It has been a leading business ...

Read More
Excellent, 9.8 / 10


"Lorraine, the agent who attended to me, was extremely efficient and professional. The quotations obtained were very competitive and presented in an easily understandable format. All queries were attended to and replies forthcoming speedily. As a representative of the organisation, I could only present the proposals I obtained and, unfortunately, the committee elected to use another company. From my point of view, Lorraine made my task to gather all relevant details very easy and her attitude was professional and courteous throughout. I have no reservations in recommending SmB to other businesses who seek to change energy suppliers."

This review was posted by Two Locks Church on the 20th of March 2018

Can not recommend highly enough

"Can not recommend highly enough. Pamwan was an absolute delight to deal with. Very thorough and patient which made the whole experience easy and straightforward."

This review was posted by Kirby Marie on the 20th of March 2018

Business switch

"Thank you Nicole for your efficient, friendly and patient service and returning paperwork so quickly to start the process."

This review was posted by Rita Westwood on the 19th of March 2018

thanks Mr Pamwan Johnson excellent service

"thanks Mr Pamwan Johnson excellent service"

This review was posted by kashif ahmad on the 19th of March 2018

Mark Weeks was very helpful

"Mark Weeks was very helpful, even though in the end the difference was so little that we decided not to switch, Would defiantly recommend Switch my Business."

This review was posted by Ann Manson on the 19th of March 2018