Co-operative Energy has become the first energy supplier to publicly declare its participation in the Big Switch, a collective switching campaign organised by the consumer body Which? and the campaigning body 38 Degrees.
Which? is asking energy suppliers to bid in an auction to secure the opportunity to supply consumers with electricity and gas at a market leading price. Following a number of revisions to the terms of the Big Switch based on constructive feedback from Co-operative Energy , the ethical energy supplier has confirmed its involvement in the auction and is also urging other energy suppliers to put customers first.
Nigel Mason of Co-operative Energy said: “Following ongoing negotiations with Which? we are delighted to see that they have listened to our advice and decided to allow suppliers to bid an existing tariff. This has prompted us to declare our interest in the campaign and formally take part in the auction. We believe that this is now a much fairer process and more in tune with the way we deal with customers. We intend to use the Big Switch to publicise the co-operative model of collective buying and demonstrate its effectiveness.”
“In declaring our involvement we are also challenging other energy suppliers to follow our lead. All energy suppliers should treat their existing customers fairly and not offer new customers a better deal than their loyal customers. Our participation in the Big Switch is a clear demonstration of this and will ensure that all customers are getting the same deal and no preferential treatment. We are writing to all of our customers to inform them of our intention to take part in the Big Switch.”
Co-operative Energy launched in May 2011 with the intention of delivering the benefits of collective buying to customers, such as consistently lower energy prices and a greater emphasis on renewable energy.