We support community energy

At Co-operative Energy, we’re committed to working towards a more sustainable future. We already get a lot of our energy from renewable sources, but with your help we believe we can do even better.

The Energy Hub – User Chooser

We believe that you, our customers, are the best people to tell us where our energy should come from. That’s why we created our User Chooser service, to allow you to do just that.

Found on the Co-operative Energy Hub, the User Chooser allows you to choose where your electricity comes from. And if you change your mind later, that’s fine, you can go back and update your preferences whenever you like.

What are the benefits of User Chooser?

Our User Chooser gives you a level of energy management never seen before in the domestic energy industry.

  • It gives you a democratic choice over where your energy comes from – something not offered by any other energy supplier.
  • It furthers our aim to become a hub between community energy, renewable generators and domestic energy customers.
  • It helps fuel the creation of localised energy networks.

Of course, it’s all up to you. If you want, you can leave it to us to choose where we generate your electricity from and be confident that we’ll meet our commitment to keep prices down and carbon low.

We’re the first and only energy company to give customers a choice over where their electricity comes from, whether that’s hydro, solar, wind, gas, coal or nuclear.

As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get the chance to pick which of our partner power generation sites your energy is sourced from.

User Chooser is available to all Co-operative Energy customers, regardless of which tariff you’re on.

Why have we done this?

As a Co-operative, we are owned and run by our members, it’s what makes us unique. That, and our four key values: democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility. As part of these values, we believe our members deserve a say in where their energy comes from.

We want to encourage the exciting expansion of community renewable energy across the UK. By purchasing energy from renewable sources owned by community energy groups, we can help reduce carbon emissions and give you better control of your energy. There have been 5,000 community energy projects launched in the past five years alone, with plenty more on the horizon.

We truly believe that these smaller energy generation sites and community-led initiatives can help transform the energy market. By encouraging communities to come together to fund the construction of their own electricity generation sites, they can either sell the electricity on or use it to supply themselves.

How does it work?

No matter how many units of electricity you use, we’ll commit to buy that energy from your chosen site or generation type. This investment will help to fund the future growth of your chosen path.

As our Energy Hub grows, we’ll look to include further products and services, giving you even more of a say in your energy management.