Collective Energy Switching

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Joining the Government’s campaign ‘Cheaper Energy Together’ aimed at keeping energy bills down and homes warm, tonight (25th October) at Place and Sustainability Committee, Liberal Democrat councillors will be discussing their motion to explore the feasibility of setting up a Kingston Energy Switching initiative.

With this week’s announcement from Energy Secretary, Edward Davey MP, there is now a £5 million competition scheme which Kingston Council can apply to and win funds for collective energy switching.

Proposing the motion, Sharon Hartley, Lead Member for Sustainability said:

“I want to make sure that we are doing all we can to help our residents particularly those on low incomes and keeping vulnerable people warm this winter. Energy prices continue to rise, so anything that reduces fuel poverty, boosts energy efficiency and offers our residents cheaper deals must be good.”

Seconding the motion, Councillor Stephen Brister who represents residents in Norbiton Ward said:

“We need to increase awareness of clubbing together to get a better energy deal – residents, the voluntary sector, business, housing associations, the NHS, schools and colleges could all benefit from collective switching through an agreed third party provider.”

The Leader of the Council will be requesting that the Council organises a conference in mid November to discuss the benefits of collective switching.

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