Not-for-profit Scottish energy provider launches UK-wide tariff to tackle fuel poverty

Our Power chief executive Dawn Muspratt (right) and Sheena MacVicar from Clyde Valley Housing Association
Our Power chief executive Dawn Muspratt (right) and Sheena MacVicar from Clyde Valley Housing Association

A Scottish not-for-profit energy provider has launched a UK-wide tariff as part of its fight against fuel poverty and discrimination in the energy sector.

Established in Edinburgh two years ago, Our Power works with 58 social housing agencies, community organisations and local authorities and provides heat and power to around 21,000 households, helping them save on their bills each year. 

The new 100 per cent green energy tariff aims to put power in the hands of the consumer.The more customers that switch, the more Our Power can maintain the lowest prices for customers at risk of fuel poverty.

Any additional surplus raised by Our Power will be invested in communities across the UK to help create new employment opportunities.

Studies have shown that households suffering from fuel poverty are often charged the highest rates due to the restrictions they can face in accessing the lowest priced tariffs in the market. Our Power has only one price regardless of how people choose to pay – making energy fairer and more accessible to all.

Our Power aims to reduce heat and fuel costs by passing benefits from the energy sector to its members. It does this by not paying dividends to shareholders, by finding the most efficient ways to operate, by generating its own power and by reinvesting any profits to benefit customers and their communities.

Dawn Muspratt, Our Power chief executive, explained: “Fuel poverty is a real issue for around four million people in Britain. Our Power’s aim is to make energy fairer and more accessible for all. 

“Over the past two years we have presented a sustainable alternative to traditional energy providers in the Scottish market, offering fairer tariffs and helping people out of fuel poverty. 

“We are delighted to now be in the position to bring our services to the wider British energy market.  We anticipate interest in the new tariff to be strong and hope to secure thousands of ethically-minded energy customers.”

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22 Feb 2018

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