GE wants all of its vehicles to be electric by year 2030
ALL Guernsey Electricity’s vehicles are set to be electric by 2030, as the utility pushes ahead with improving its green credentials.
The announcement comes the day after the utility celebrated the news that all its imported electricity last month had come from renewable sources.
Previously a mix of nuclear and hydro, going forward Guernsey Electricity will source only imported energy from solar, wind and hydroelectricity.
CEO Alan Bates said the move was only the start of the journey to decarbonise energy usage on-island.
‘We accept that climate change is probably one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today and we accept that the energy industry has some responsibility to take a lead, in particular with energy transition and reducing the impact on the environment,’ he said.
‘At Guernsey Electricity, we firmly believe that the energy sector should take the lead in creating a more sustainable world in which to live and at the same time help tackle climate change.
‘We are not on a ‘‘do nothing journey’’ and our aim is for the island to be completely supplied by renewable and sustainable energy by 2025.’
The utility is paying a small amount extra to confirm the electricity is coming from green, sustainable sources.
However, Mr Bates would not say how much this was.
Guernsey Electricity is still having to use its on-island diesel generators to sometimes top-up the local supply, which works out at about 10% of the island’s electricity.
Plans for an undersea cable that will connect Guernsey to France will enable Guernsey Electricity to source all energy from renewable sources to meet its sustainable goal.
The company also plans to convert 50% of its fleet to electric vehicles by 2025 and 100% by 2030, as long as the environmentally friendly option is still viable, said Mr Bates.
‘Is there an electric lorry with a fork-lift that is viable for us?
‘Not today, but we’ll buy one once there is.’