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EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants.

Today, EDF Energy employs over 14,000 people across the UK - from Torness in Scotland right down to Exeter in Southern England.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, a leading global electricity company which began investing in the UK in 1998. 

Generation

We operate nuclear, gas and coal power stations across the UK. More information about each station can be found here including how to book a tour of our nuclear power stations.

We are also planning to build two new nuclear powers stations at Hinkley Point and Sizewell and a proposed development of a gas power station at Sutton Bridge

Visit Hinkley Point C news for the latest on the Hinkley project.

Nuclear energy

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity.

In 2015 our eight nuclear power stations:

  • Generated over 60 TWh of electricity
  • Which is enough power for over 15 million UK homes (about 56%)
  • This amount of low-carbon power avoided over 49 million tonnes of carbon being produced
  • Which is the same as taking just over 23 million UK passenger cars off the roads, about 78%

EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build three new nuclear plants, such as Hinkley Point C subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. Nuclear plants like Hinkley Point C would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Read the latest Hinkley Point C news and learn about our other nuclear build projects.

Visitor centres

EDF Energy has eight visitor centres across the UK. Around 45,000 people come each year to try the interactive exhibitions and explore the world of nuclear power generation. Individuals and groups can also pre-book a station tour. To find your nearest EDF Energy power station and book a tour, all free of charge, visit https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/education/visitor-centres.

Renewable energy generation

EDF Energy Renewables is a 50:50 Joint Venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles and is one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies. We are focussed on the development, construction and operation of onshore and offshore wind farms and already operate over 550MW of wind farms. The company employs around 100 people and has over 1500MW of on and offshore projects in development.

It is our aim to make a positive contribution to the UK targets for renewable energy and the reduction of CO2 emissions. Our priority is developing wind energy, and our commitment is to be thorough in our investigations prior to development so we ensure that we are sensitive both to the environment and the needs of local communities.

Coal

EDF Energy operates the Cottam and West Burton A coal power stations in Nottinghamshire. Together they provide 4GW of capacity and are capable of generating enough power for 7.5 million homes.

Both of these stations meet current European limits on air emissions under the EU Industrial Emissions Directive which came into force on 1 January 2016. Existing coal stations will play a key role in ensuring security of supply during the transition to new low carbon generation in the 2020s.

Gas Storage

EDF Energy owns and operates gas storage facilities in Cheshire. Hole House is fully operational and Hill Top is currently undergoing the final stages of development and commissioning. The ability to store large volumes of gas combined with the fast cycle import and export capability provides important services for the system operator and consumers because it helps safeguard gas transmission system stability and security of supply.

CCGT

West Burton B CCGT is EDF Energy's only gas-fired power station, located in Nottinghamshire. It has three combined cycle units capable of generating enough electricity for approximately 1.5 million UK homes.

Customers

EDF Energy supplies gas and electricity to more than 3 million business and residential customers and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in the United Kingdom.

·         We are the only company to offer a low-carbon, nuclear-backed product, Blue

·         Industry-first ‘Price Promise’ – customers of our ‘Price Promise’ tariffs can check if they can get a better deal elsewhere with a personalised comparison of their tariff against the cheapest tariff in the market via MyAccount or the EDF Energy App

·         We launched the industry’s first trust fund for vulnerable customers, and to date the EDF Energy Trust Fund has awarded over £12.3m in grants

Environmental and social responsibility

We have a long track record in sustainability and responsible business, which has been recognised and endorsed by many different organisations. Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, we have developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

The Pod – EDF Energy’s environmental education programme – was launched in 2008 in a bid to meet our sustainability commitment of teaching 2.5 million children about the sustainable use of energy.

To date, The Pod has engaged with over 10 million children through over 20,800 registered schools, which is over 63% of the schools in the UK.

More information on our community programmes.

  • In 2016 EDF Energy received shortlisted status in four Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards and two reaccreditations.
  • In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards
  • In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – The Pod.

www.edfenergy.com/about/awards-achievements/