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New cheaper energy scheme for city and county residents

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LEICESTER and Leicestershire residents are set to benefit from cheaper energy tariffs and better customer service thanks to a new scheme overseen by the city and county council.

Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council are joining forces on a new energy supply partnership to appoint a local energy provider which will supply cheap, reliable energy to city and county residents.

The partnership contributes to the joint aims of the city and county council in tackling fuel poverty and helping people on lower incomes who can least afford to pay their bills.

Unlike many of the major national suppliers, the new energy supply partnership will be run locally on a not-for-profit basis, with an emphasis on offering low tariffs for domestic properties

The new scheme will also focus on high-quality customer service, trustworthiness and making it easy for customers to switch to it. Anyone who hasn’t switched their energy provider in the last two years is likely to be able to save money by using the new service.

The energy supply partnership was first suggested back in December 2015, when both councils agreed to work jointly to tender for a suitable energy supplier for the scheme.

Now, both councils are due to sign a memorandum of understanding agreeing joint governance of the scheme, and the appointment of a supplier. 

The name of the supplier is yet to be announced, but has been confirmed as a fully-licensed local energy supplier, offering among the cheapest tariffs on the market.

Leicester assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Many people across the city and county are probably paying over the odds for their energy bills with the big, national suppliers. 

“In contrast, this energy supply partnership scheme is designed to help people who are least able to meet their energy bills and are facing fuel poverty as a result.

“We’ve been working with the county council to select a supplier, based on the levels of customer service, their reliability and the ease of dealing with them, as well as ensuring they can provide cheaper energy tariffs.

“This partnership will be backed by the two local authorities, and run on a not-for-profit basis, meaning customers can have peace of mind that it’s providing a reliable source of affordable energy.

In addition to the standard tariff there will also be a renewable energy tariff, in recognition of both councils' commitment to the climate change agenda.

“We are now signing a memorandum of understanding with the county council, which will allow us to formally appoint our chosen supplier and work together with them to provide the service.”

Councillor Byron Rhodes, the county council’s deputy leader, added: “We’re delighted to be in partnership with the city council. As an authority committed to supporting vulnerable people, we have sought a partnership which will help residents across the city and county, including the people who find it hardest to meet the cost of their fuel bills.

“Through this scheme, they will have the confidence of knowing they can afford to heat and light their homes.”

The energy company will be able to provide services to all domestic properties in Leicester and Leicestershire.