Pioneering Fairerpower celebrates its third anniversary
A pioneering energy supply scheme established by Cheshire East Council is celebrating its third birthday.
Since its creation in 2015, nearly 9,000 people have switched to Fairerpower and their total quoted savings adds up to more than £2m*.
Since its launch, Fairerpower has sought to reduce fuel poverty by offering competitive prices with high levels of customer care. And Cheshire East was the first council in the UK to sell power since the gas and electricity supply system was nationalised in 1948.
Recent figures show around 78 per cent of new customers save more than £100 when they switch to Fairerpower and the scheme has been very successful in helping those who had not previously switched energy providers – particularly more-elderly customers, who had been put off by the perceived complexity of switching.
To celebrate, anyone requesting a quote for their energy during May will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad and a free one-to-one digital skills training session.
The scheme was also recently rolled out in Lancashire in a partnership with Preston City Council – and other regional local authority partners are set to join the scheme later in the year.
Since summer 2017, Fairerpower has been managed by the council’s wholly-owned, arms-length Skills and Growth Company. For more details see online at: www.fairerpower.co.uk
Councillor George Hayes, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “Fairerpower has gone from strength to strength. I am delighted to see that more customers across a broader geography are benefiting from lower energy costs, particularly some of our more vulnerable residents and those who may not have switched providers before.”
* Savings based on the estimated annual cost of Fairerpower fixed rate tariff for a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying monthly in advance by Direct Debit. Comparisons made against the average of the Big 6 standard variable tariffs with equivalent features. All rates correct as of 15/03/2018. “The Big 6” are British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, Npower, E.ON and EDF.