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BMW i and Good Energy partner on green electricity supply in UK

BMW i has formed a partnership with Good Energy Ltd in the UK. This partnership includes the provision of 100per cent green electricity to households of BMW customers throughout the UK (with the exception of Northern Ireland).This will allow BMW i3 and BMW i8 owners to charge their vehicle using renewably sourced electricity while at home.

Good Energy sources all its electricity from certified renewables across Britain; the company has some of the strictest purchasing policies in the energy industry and a main electricity tariff that’s certified by the independent Green Energy Supply Scheme.

The partnership with Good Energy helps to displace CO2 emissions from ‘power plants to tailpipe and fulfill the BMW objective of providing truly low carbon driving. BMW will be the first electric vehicle manufacturer in the UK to offer a holistic product portfolio including a specially developed and purpose-designed home charging unit with complementary green electricity products and services.

This partnership will allow Good Energy to work closely with BMW to further develop custom-made green electricity tariffs for electric vehicles. This will take the UK’s supply and demand, as well as typical charging behaviors, into account.


Henry Gibson

Not only are there subsidies but also mandates for renewable energy that are hidden in the taxpayers bill, and until the mandates and other subsidies are eliminated there is no way to guarantee what the cost of renewable energy is. Fossil fuels are taxed at a high rate and the UK government has not built coal or natural gas to liquid fuel factories either in the UK or elsewhere to reduce the price of liquid fuels. Hydroelectricity from large artificial reservoirs may produce a lot of green house gas from decay of organics impounded with the water. Wind turbines require backup generation and until the wind turbine operators provide batteries or generators as well to assure a steady flow then the cost and carbon release of operating turbine is hidden in the information not released by the turbine operators. Every wind turbine connected to mains should have its output for a year published on a website. The average for all turbines of the same size should be the only value allowed to be announced for each new one proposed or installed and not the maximum rating allowed by the internal generators for continuous operation. Every turbine operator might pay for the Carbon release that happens when his turbine fails to generate the amount the operator promises every hour. Renewable sounds good, but the taxpayers money is being extorted to support the impossible. Be guilt free because you buy "green" energy because you can live in a very large house and buy expensive automobiles and raise the price of energy for people who cannot afford to buy a pound of maize a day nor a pint of petroleum for lamps alone. ..HG..


Are you perhaps indirectly suggesting that it would be preferable to build coal - and gas plants, fracking and nukes instead? Has Fukushima left any impressions on you? Is it the taxpayers choice and honor to cover all expenses for renaturation of nuclear plants/sites and removal of nuclear wastes?
As sure as I'm still living, I'm convinced that the operating utilities won't cough up one rotten pence to cover expected expenses.
Why don't you make an acceptable suggestion of how future supplies of energy can be ensured? And while you're at that, just replace Cameron and his stooges and do it far better.


When considering tax money in the calculation of energy prices, the most important part is that the price of renewables is largely tax (vat + income tax of all the people building the wind turbines, and even VAT on the income tax). So if some subsidies exist on wind towers, it is only a reduction in taxes paid during building of the wind turbines. Even with these subsidies included, the building of wind turbines most probably still makes more money for the government than it costs. On the other hand, imported fossil fuels are comparatively much less taxed. Because the cost of 1 kWh coal-energy is largely coal, while the cost of 1 kWh wind energy is largely income tax of the people building the equipment, even a significant subsidy does not cost the government anything.
Off course, any income tax the government earns through income tax on wind turbine builders is considered to have nothing to do with green energy and not taken into account in the cost calculations, while subsidies paid to build it are considered a burden on tax payers.

Put this together with the tremendous macro-economical difference between paying money to domestic workers and paying money for imported natural gas/coal, and it becomes a much different picture.

Surely also fossils and nuclear have externalised costs, such as pollution, health care costs, military interventions and resource insecurity.

Electric cars are exactly one of the options to match (green) electricity production with consumption, since these batteries will often be charged during off-peak. I expect even that used car batteries, which are not good enough anymore for cars will get a second life in houses as backup. In electric cars, >10kWh batteries will be very common. That's a nice buffer to cover periods of low output or blackouts.

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