Friday, 8 March 2013

Lancashire Big Energy Switch collective to bid for People Power

Residents across Lancashire could save more than £2m as part of a county-wide community energy switching scheme which launched in February.  The initiative called ‘People Power’ is led by the 13 local councils which could see energy savings of up to £250 per household over the year, if the target of just 15,000 residents sign up to the scheme.  They are almost there.

Residents are therefore being urged to review their bills and combine their purchasing power in the innovative scheme to ensure they get the very best energy deal possible. Register at (part of the Big Community Switch) before midnight on Monday 8 April giving details of your most recent energy usage to express your interest in joining the scheme.

As the old adage goes ‘there is strength in numbers’ and by coming together as one collective  there are significant savings to be made through People Power and the bulk buying approach.  The principle is tried and tested but this is the first time it is being run by the councils across Lancashire and it could have a significant impact on the cost of heating and lighting homes which is even more important during the current economic downturn which has seen household bills increase by 40% since 2007 and amid fears of higher bills in the future.

There is no obligation from registering your interest in the scheme, as registering includes you in the collective group taken to auction on 9th April where energy suppliers will bid for the business which residents can either accept or decline.  The more residents that are registered with the scheme naturally makes this a more attractive proposition for the utility firms, effectively achieving considerable economies of scale with significant savings passed to the consumer.

Councillor Eileen Blamire, Leader of Lancaster City Council said:  "This Lancashire wide scheme is an excellent example of how, by working together, your local councils are helping people save money from their energy bills. Energy costs take up a large proportion of household incomes so any money we can help people save will be helpful during these difficult times.   I would urge residents to sign up to the scheme and ask their families to do the same. This way we will be able to get the best deal from the energy companies."

The People Power scheme is targeted at all residents in Lancashire, although anyone outside of the county can also register to be a part of it.  The scheme is also open to residents who use pre-payment metres.  Whilst registration is easiest online, those who don’t have email access should contact their local council about where to register.  Furthermore, one email address can be used five times to allow for additional family members, friends or neighbours with no internet or emails accessibility.

• Register your interest at before midnight 8 April 2013

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