(press release 27/3/2012)
In a new collaboration to open up collective energy switching beyond the ‘switching classes’, Grand Union Housing Group and its subsidiary Aragon Housing Association are joining forces with www.thePeoplesPower.co.uk in a bid to bring down the cost of energy bills.
The announcement has been welcomed by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, who called on energy companies to recognise collective switching as an opportunity to build a stronger, more balanced relationship with customers.
“I believe collective switching has great potential and welcome this approach from thePeoplesPower. Households could save on their energy bills, and energy companies have the chance to talk with potential customers on a grand scale. I am calling on energy companies to engage with schemes like this, and consider their potential. We need the energy market to work for everyone, and this collaboration is an important early step.” he said.
Under the collaboration, Grand Union Housing Group aims to raise awareness of the potential benefits of collective switching among their tenants and local people, who can register their interest online. thePeoplesPower.co.uk will then invite energy companies to bid for the new group of customers. The best green and standard electricity and gas offers will then be taken back to households, along with the advice needed to decide if it is the right deal for them.
“The brilliant thing about this is it can benefit households who might not be used to shopping around on the internet, as well as the so called switching classes” says Mike Shamash of thePeoplesPower.
Aileen Evans, Managing Director of Aragon & MacIntyre Housing Associations said
“It is so important that the benefits of this are open to everyone, only then can we say we are really tackling fuel poverty. We will pilot an approach to help people with no access to the internet to benefit from this.”
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Meanwhile Bolton Community Homes, a partnership of seven housing associations managing 25,000 homes, has said it supports the principles of thePeoplesPower and will be working to encourage their tenants to register on the www.thePeoplesPower.co.uk website.
By working on a not for profit basis and being completely transparent about referral fees charged to energy companies – £2 compared to the standard £40-50 charged by most switching sites – thePeoplesPower.co.uk hopes to encourage even more households and organisations to sign up for a fairer deal. They are also keen to make sure that smaller energy companies, and not just the big six, are able to compete for the new customers, by keeping the number of households per switch capped at 20,000.
Company name: thePeoplesPower C.I.C.
Company number: 05754156
Registered in England 2011
thePeoplesPower is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company set up to facilitate collective switching by helping people join together to get cheaper and greener household energy.
- We are reliant on “people power:” we rely on people to spread the word.
- We are community focused, transparent and impartial.
- We are committed to running the business ethically and will invest any surplus beyond running costs in not-for-profit energy saving or renewable energy schemes.
- As a social enterprise we will involve our members.
- We have no relationship with any energy supplier or switching service.
Grand Union Housing Group
Grand Union Housing Group is a leading provider of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, managing 10,000 properties. The Group is ideally placed to create and sustain neighbourhoods across Milton Keynes and the South Midlands growth area.
Grand Union Housing Group also helps people to enter the housing market through shared ownership and Key Worker homes. Currently developing more than 150 new homes per year in partnership with developers and landowners, it is committed to raising standards of delivery.
The Group has three subsidiary organisations: Aragon Housing Association, which is one of the largest affordable housing providers in Bedfordshire; MacIntyre Housing Association, which provides specialist accommodation and support to people with learning disabilities; and South Northants Homes, which owns and manages 3,000 affordable homes transferred from South Northamptonshire Council in March 2008.
Aragon Housing Association:
Winner LABC Awards (Central) 2011
Finalist Sustainable Housing Awards 2011
South Northants Homes:
Finalist UK Housing Awards 2011
Finalist Sustainable Housing Awards 2011
Press Release – Housing Associations Sign Up To Stop Fuel Poverty (PDF file 504KB)
Open Letter from Ed Davey to energy companies on collective switching (PDF file 32 KB)
Ed Davey supports collective purchasing and collective switching