Energy market poised for revolution? – What Councils can do and are doing.

The energy market is poised for a revolution as councils and social housing landlords across the country prepare to take on the Big Six providers by supplying their own electricity.

The Independent newspaper says that that local authorities across the UK are working on plans to set themselves up as electricity and gas retailers, with a promise to undercut the traditional suppliers. The paper states that councils are looking to cut at least £100 from the average dual-fuel bill of about £1,300 a year.

Last month, the independent supplier Ovo signed a deal with Plymouth Council that will allow the city to become the first in the UK to provide its residents with energy. It believes that as many as 1m customers could be served in the next few years by councils with the company’s help in setting up as energy providers. By 2020, it hopes that as many as 500 partnerships could be formed across the country.

This sounds interesting and innovative. On Merseyside/Liverpool City Region the joint local authority energy switching scheme, where a large group of energy users come together, can work well. I have used it and got a better deal on our household energy bills. See link below:-

www.lcrenergyswitch.co.uk/uncategorized/collective-switch-saves-merseyside-residents-424000/

On a smaller scale both Maghull & Lydiate Parish Councils have been doing their bit by installing large numbers of solar panels on the roof of Maghull Town Hall and Lydiate Village Centre respectively to generate power. Both were Lib Dem initiatives.

These are the solar panels that generate an income  and power on Maghull Town Hall roof. Photo March 2012.

These are the solar panels that generate an income and power on Maghull Town Hall roof. Photo March 2012.