Our Power In B&NES
The Bath and North East Somerset district spends £135 million every year on energy, the majority of which currently flows out of the district.
In Bath and North East Somerset, 20MW of renewable power is currently generated within the area – with the Council’s Core Strategy target that development should contribute to achieving a minimum of 275MW renewable energy in the district by 2029 (CP3).
The B&NES Community Energy Strategy sets out the Council's local approach to help maximise local renewable energy generation. It includes an objective to develop local energy supply as a way of supporting more local renewables, and keeping more of the economic benefit in the district.
Also in Bath and North East Somerset, 17% of households are living in fuel poverty. In particular, households with pre-payment meters often can’t access the best deals, whilst often also having to manage on the lowest incomes.
The Our Power In B&NES scheme was set up to tackle these objectives of supporting renewable energy, retaining more local economic benefit and reducing fuel poverty in our district.
Through a collaboration between not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power and local community business Bath & West Community Energy, the Our Power In B&NES scheme, supported by the Council, offers residents the choice of two new energy supply deals:
- The ‘Our Local Green Energy’ tariff offers local households the chance to buy 100% renewable electricity, which is locally generated and community owned wherever possible, using green energy from B&NES and the surrounding area.
- The ‘Our Fairer Energy’ tariff is one of the cheapest dual fuel tariffs available on the market for pre-payment customers.
Further information – including full details of how to sign up to the tariffs – is available on https://our-power.co.uk/bathnes
You can read about the launch in our press release of 27th June 2018.
The ‘Our Local Green Energy’ tariff, provided by Our Power, will provide 100% renewable electricity, the majority of which has been generated within the Bath and North East Somerset district and nearby area. It can be bought stand alone or combined with standard gas to create a dual fuel deal.
As well as being local, many of the renewable electricity generators are also community owned. This helps keep even more of the benefits within our local economy.
More details of ‘Our Local Green Energy’, including how to switch.
The ‘Our Fairer Energy’ tariff, provided by Our Power, is one of the cheapest dual fuel tariffs available on the market for pre-payment customers. It offers one simple, low-cost, standard variable tariff for all customers, whether they chose to pay via Pay As You Go or by Direct Debit, and includes smart meters with an inbuilt ‘friendly credit’ feature (which provides emergency credit if customers run out at evenings or weekends).
In line with Our Power’s social mission, all profits go back to keeping bills as low as possible and helping those who need it most.
More details, including how to switch
Who’s involved in Our Power In B&NES?
Energy supplier Our Power is an independent energy supply company with a mission to make energy supply fairer and more affordable. It is owned by social housing providers, community organisations and local authorities, and was one of the first energy suppliers to be set up to operate on a non-profit distribution basis in the UK. Its not-for-profit status means that any surplus generated by the business is reinvested in its customers and in keeping their bills as low as possible. Our Power will be providing the Our Local Green Energy and Our Fairer Energy tariffs to customers in the scheme.
Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) is a not for profit community business set up in 2010 to deliver clean local energy, community owned for the common good. BWCE is one of the leading community organisations in the energy sector, with 12.35 MW of community owned solar PV and hydro capacity. To date BWCE has distributed £145,000 of its cash surplus in grants to local community projects tackling carbon emissions and fuel poverty. Bath & West Community Energy will support the scheme with community marketing, while their local community owned renewable energy generation projects will be among the first to power the scheme.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is supporting the scheme in line with its objectives of supporting renewable energy and reducing fuel poverty in the district. It will support the scheme with local marketing and manage the contract with Our Power to ensure delivery of the scheme in line with its specification.