A revolutionary approach to bringing down energy bills and promote renewable energy has been given the green light.
Community Energy South, a Sussex-based community energy organisation, this week announced it will begin supplying energy to local residents in spring.
At a breakfast event on Monday supported and attended by the Energy Minister Amber Rudd MP, Community Energy South announced they will be partnering with OVO energy to launch ‘The Sussex Energy Tariff’.
The tariff is expected to be one of the first community energy tariffs in the UK and could save residents up to £200 a year off their energy bills. With the ambition to sign up thousands of customers a year, this could create savings of more than £2m a year.
Community Energy South’s ambition is to supply an affordable energy tariff to its local residents as well as a 100 per cent green tariff to stimulate local investment in renewable technologies. This is supported by Your Energy Sussex, the partnership of Sussex local authorities that is working with residents and businesses to promote energy saving and renewable energy. Your Energy Sussex and Community Energy South will work together to promote the Sussex Energy Tariff.
Community Energy South will launch their tariff using the ‘OVO Communities’ platform launched by OVO Energy. It is a way of trying to cut out the middle man and become an energy company themselves – from supply and generation, to smart technology and energy efficiency. OVO’s aim is to set up 100 community energy supplier partnerships across the country, serving a million customers.
Ollie Pendered, chairman, Community Energy South said; “The Tariff will offer residents across Sussex competitive local energy bills specially designed to meet our community’s needs. The tariff will provide a huge boost to support the work of the Community Energy South groups who are representing our communities across the region, promoting local community owned renewable generation and helping vulnerable households with their energy costs.”
Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd MP said: “Community energy partnerships really do put the power in people’s hands. By working together in this way, people can save hundreds of pounds a year and take better control of their energy bills. Sussex is leading the way – and I hope the rest of the country will follow suit.”
Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder and chief executive of OVO, said; “We launched OVO Communities because we really believed the UK energy market was ripe for big changes.”