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Shaping the energy industry

Posted on 11 December 2014

Compared to the big six, we may be small - but we have big ambitions. Through our values and promises, Co-operative Energy is looking to change to the face of the energy industry.

To help us succeed in this, we take every opportunity to lobby politicians, promoting changes to government rules and regulations that could really benefit you.

Throughout the autumn, we organised events with Prospect Magazine at the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Co-operative party conferences, where we presented the case for low-carbon community energy generation and continued market reform.

The UK is still a long way behind the likes of Denmark and Germany when it comes to supporting communities’ efforts to kick-start clean energy revolutions. However, as an ethical provider, we feel that it’s Co-operative Energy’s duty to ensure that our national and local governments see the innovative and exciting possibilities of community energy and renewable projects.

Since launching in 2010, we have supported smaller suppliers and low carbon efforts by sourcing power from community generation initiatives such as Westmill Wind and Whitby Esk Hydro. We now have 15 supply agreements in place with community groups.

Our customers are invited to support us in our efforts for low carbon community energy through our ‘User Chooser’ service. The User Chooser app allows customers to select their preferred electricity generation method and site from our growing list of 15 community generator partners. For more details on User Chooser, click here.

Midcounties' Social Responsibility Report provides details of the ‘good activities’ Co-operative Energy is currently lobbying for.

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