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Energy Sources

Renewable | Non-renewable
Swaffham's ecotricity turbine blades and viewing platform

One thing that all of us take for granted is the convenience of an electricity supply. You plug an appliance in, turn it on and it works - as if by magic!

The energy that is supplied by the electrical current has to come from somewhere. We often refer to this as generating electricity. In the UK we generate electricity from a wide range of sources that has changed over the years:

Pie charts of sources of electrical energy generation in the UK for 1990 and 2003

Companies like Ecotricity Ltd - who provided much support with this section - are helping the UK electricity industry to reduce its impact on the environment, particularly climate change.

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