Plan for Plymouth Energy Community tariffs announced

We are set to become the first local group in the country to supply energy to residents, with exciting implications for Plymouth.

This weekend, our CEO, Alistair Macpherson, announced the plans at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow alongside Reg Platt, senior partnerships manager at Ovo Energy.

We are planning to form OVO Energy’s first ‘Ovo Communities’ partnership. OVO Communities is an ‘out of the box’ solution for communities which want to cut out the middle man and become an energy company themselves – from supply and generation, to smart technology and energy efficiency. Once the partnership is confirmed, we will be able to offer the people of Plymouth the opportunity to buy energy from us, ensuring that we have tariffs that best suit our city.

OVO Energy was founded in 2009. It has since established itself as one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK market, with approximately 400,000 customers and 600 permanent staff. OVO believes in simpler, fairer, cheaper energy, which resonates with our aims as a co-operative.

It has invested significantly in scalable systems that will give community groups, local authorities and housing associations all the tools we need to run a utility business including customer service, billing, trading, and power generation.

Alistair told the conference: “The energy revolution is well under way in Plymouth; we have already launched services related to fuel debt, energy switching, home insulation and locally owned renewables. Bespoke tariffs, specifically designed to meet our community’s needs, are logically the next step.

We are confident that we could potentially save Plymouth residents well in excess of £1 million per year. We applaud OVO’s innovative approach to making this happen.”

Our pioneering partnership has been endorsed at the top: Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, told the conference he welcomed the new initiative, commenting:

“Community energy is one of the best ways of fostering trust and competition in the energy market. Ovo Energy and Plymouth Energy Community are doing exactly what government is asking businesses to deliver.”

PLEASE NOTE: contrary to what has been reported in the media, it is Plymouth Energy Community not Plymouth City Council who are potentially partnering with OVO Energy to provide bespoke energy tariffs.

For further information about OVO Energy and OVO Communities, click here

Read OVO Energy’s press release about the partnership.

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