New energy scheme aims to save residents money

Published Tuesday, 10th September 2019
New energy scheme aims to save residents money
Rotherham residents will be eligible to take part in a scheme designed to help cut electricity bills, and help them to go green, if plans are agreed by the Council's Cabinet.

From February next year Rotherham residents will be eligible to take part in a scheme designed to help cut electricity bills, and help them to go green.

If plans are agreed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 16 September, following a successful tendering process to help deliver a community energy switching scheme, a not-for-profit partner organisation has now been identified. Residents will be able to transfer from their current electricity provider to instead receive energy generated from 100% renewable sources.

Through the scheme, an average 3 bed semi-detached household could save up to £300 per year on their gas and electricity bills, as well as helping residents to lower their energy consumption.

The scheme would be open to all Rotherham residents and aims to support those with a low household income. It would give customers the opportunity to switch to a lower rate tariff with a not for profit public-owned energy provider.

The report to next week’s Cabinet meeting suggests that the scheme would be open to registrations from all residents from February 2020.

Council homes that become vacant from January next year would automatically switch to the new scheme, although new tenants would be able to choose to move away from it to other suppliers if they wished to do so.

Ofgem reported that around 54% of non-prepayment meter consumers remain on poor value standard variable rates, meaning they pay higher energy bills.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Councillor Denise Lelliott, said: “This is an exciting proposal that promises to help Rotherham residents to save money and help the environment at the same time. We know that for many people, increasing fuel bills are a regular worry.

“According to the latest government statistics, the number of Rotherham households living in fuel poverty rose rapidly to 2016, with no suggestion that this situation has improved since then. This scheme, once it is up and running, would give us a real opportunity to make a significant difference.”

The Council will not make any financial gain from the scheme, with all benefits of lower tariffs falling to residents.

The report to be considered by Cabinet next Monday can be found at:

View the Community Energy Switching Scheme report