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Drax-owned Opus Energy offers 100% renewable energy tariff utilising biomass

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Specialist UK energy supplier Opus Energy has launched a 100% renewable energy tariff for small and medium-sized (SME) businesses utilising biomass energy.

Opus Energy’s growing commitment to sustainability comes after its parent company, Drax Group, announced its ambition to become carbon-negative by 2030, in line with the UK Government’s carbon targets.

The new tariff, called Opus Advance, guarantees that all the electricity supplied is sourced from UK and European renewable generators, including Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire. The plant uses biomass and is the UK’s largest renewable power generator. Although the plant mostly uses wood pellets, two units are still powered by coal. Drax has pledged to stop using coal in 2021.

Alongside Drax, Opus Advance will also use renewable energy from more than 2,300 independent UK-based renewable generators such as farms, schools and community projects where solar panels and wind turbines are used.

“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge the world faces and we want to make it easier for businesses to reduce emissions to help achieve the UK’s net-zero carbon targets,” said Paul Sheffield, managing director of Drax’s customer business, including Opus Energy.

“Our new Opus Advance tariff will give businesses more control over their carbon emissions, improving their sustainability.

“Drax is committed to enabling a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future. By working with our customers as an energy partner, we are changing the way they source and use their energy, reducing costs and carbon emissions, whilst helping them to grow better businesses.”