Mayor Ros Jones has started the countdown to the launch of Great North Energy – a brand new home energy provider that will soon be available to residents in Doncaster.
From today local residents are being encouraged to register their interest in switching so they can be amongst the first to see if they can save with Great North Energy when it goes live on 7th November.
The not for profit set up will be run by the council in partnership with Robin Hood Energy. Providing a viable alternative to the ‘Big Six’ energy companies, the offer will be available to all local residents and particularly intends to help those living in fuel poverty and/or those prepayment customers who are often not on the most competitive tariffs with other energy providers.
Speaking at the launch event, Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “Today is an exciting day for Doncaster as we reveal the identity of a brand new local energy provider. Reducing the cost of living for people has long been a priority of mine so this is our opportunity to ensure that the people of Doncaster are getting a fair deal on gas and electricity.
“We have already had some great success in working to reduce the cost of energy bills for people in Doncaster. The ‘Big Power Switch’ has made a difference to plenty of our residents with over £451k saved for Doncaster residents since 2014. However we see the launch of Great North Energy as an opportunity to achieve more still. This is the next step in making sure as many homes in Doncaster have the choice of a competitive tariff and is part of our commitment to supporting residents in difficult times, to help offset the impact of austerity.”
By being not for profit, Great North Energy can offer really competitive rates, putting people before profit and ensuring the best value for local people so they can enjoy the benefits.
Gail Scholes, Chief Executive of Robin Hood Energy added: “We are delighted to be working with Doncaster Council and want to help to make a difference here in the same way that we have done in other parts of the country.”
Evidence suggests that a large proportion of households either never switch or rarely switch energy deals so there are many local residents who will benefit from the scheme, along with the savviest of switchers who we know still aren’t always getting the best deal with profit driven companies.
Residents can register their interest at www.greatnorthenergy.co.uk.