One Big Switch aims to harvest 20,000 members to sign up to its online campaign to then negotiate a ‘major energy user’ bulk supply discounts from Scottish Power and SSE.
These discounts are then shared among the 20,000 members – potentially resulting in lower household fuel bills. Members have to register by 17 April in order to form a recognised ‘bloc’.
‘One Big Switch’ is the trading name of OBS People Power International Ltd – a for-profit private-sector company registered in Dublin.
One Big Switch has previously organised big energy switch campaigns to unlock group-discounted energy, and spark energy price wars in Australia and Ireland. It claims to be one of the world’s fastest-growing consumer ‘movements’ with 700,000 members worldwide.
Michael Stewart, a former professional football player and SNP activist, launched the campaign in Glasgow. He said: “The Big Energy Switch is a chance for people in Scotland to come together and use our collective power to deliver some real cost of living relief.
“Consumers don’t have to sit back and simply take price rises anymore, we can now use people power to take constructive action to help cut the cost of energy in Scotland.
“National group switching campaigns have worked in other countries to help fight back against the rising cost of living, and now is the time for Scottish consumers to act together to unlock group discounted energy here as well.”
A company spokesman added: ““Domestic fuel bills have risen more than four times faster than household incomes since 2003”.
Only a consumer network with the power to create improved product and services, unlock group discounts, and bring new competitors to the market, can reverse the cost of living crisis”.