Co-operative Energy played host to Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, on Thursday, 27 March, as the Labour MP for Don Valley visited the leading energy provider’s headquarters in Leamington Spa.
Caroline, who was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2011, visited Co-operative Energy, which is part of Midcounties Co-operative, to gain an understanding of how the energy supplier operates and what it’s doing to ensure fairer energy bills for consumers. Taking time to talk to the customer service team and finding out more about Co-operative Energy’s community schemes, Caroline also spent time with group general manager, Ramsay Dunning to discuss the energy providers’ long-term plans.
Ramsay Dunning said: “We were honoured that Caroline took time out of her busy schedule to visit Co-operative Energy. She was keen to gain an understating of the structure of the company and was interested to hear about what we’ve being doing to help consumers. We discussed at length the importance of creating an impartial comparison site and our work in developing community energy projects.”
Caroline said: “I am delighted to visit The Co-operative Energy which is a shining example of a local business success story. It is one of a number of leading energy firms headquartered in Warwick and Leamington that are not just employing a large number of people locally, but also helping to increase competition and transparency into the wider UK energy market.
“Right now, the energy market isn’t working for ordinary families and businesses. Bills have risen by almost £300 for families since 2010, and businesses say that it’s the second biggest cost they face.
“The best way to change this, rebuild trust and increase fairness is by bringing more competition and transparency to the energy market, including introducing a simple new tariff. The Co-operative Energy, founded in 2010, is a fabulous local example of the types of new firms that are needed to help make this happen.
“Of course, it will take time before these reforms kick in so in the meantime we need to freeze energy bills up to 2017. This will save a typical household in Warwick and Leamington £120 and an average business £1,800”.
Member-owned Co-operative Energy was established in 2011 by the UK’s largest independent co-operative – The Midcounties Co-operative - and now provides gas and electricity to over 200,000 customers.