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Council and Social Enterprises to offer energy switching service for businesses in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council and partners the Wise Group and Citrus Energy today (27 November) launched a commercial energy switching service – Glasgow People’s Energy - that could potentially save businesses and organisations in the city huge sums every year.

Glasgow People’s Energy was launched at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and its first stage will focus on providing an independent and impartial energy switching service for the city’s businesses and third sector organisations.

To illustrate what an energy switching service can do for a business or enterprise, the Wise Group has saved over 8% on energy costs after a review carried out by Citrus Energy.

From this first stage, the aim is then to develop the service to provide an energy switching service for domestic customers, especially fuel poor households.

A memorandum of understanding between the partners means that the scheme will be in place for a minimum of five years.

The service will have a dedicated team dealing with enquiries for Glasgow properties, and this team can be contacted on the following free phone number: 0800 112 4059 or email enquiries@GPE.scot. The service is now live.

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This energy switching service promises to be of great benefit, first to our businesses and third sector organisations and later to Glasgow households. Glasgow City Council is committed to tackling fuel poverty for our residents and businesses, and I am sure Glasgow People’s Energy will make a real social and economic difference to the city. I am delighted that the council is working with our partners the WISE Group and Citrus Energy to deliver this service.”

Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group, said: “The Wise Group is well known in the city for working to reduce fuel poverty and helping households and businesses become more energy efficient. We are delighted to be part of the new and exciting Glasgow People’s Energy service. The partnership with Glasgow City Council and Citrus Energy will help businesses and third sector organisations in the city save money on their energy costs. Glasgow People’s Energy service will help us expand the G. Heat service to help more Glasgow families tackle fuel poverty issues”

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association, of which Citrus Energy is a social enterprise subsidiary, said: “This groundbreaking collaboration, the first of its kind in Scotland, has the potential to deliver substantial financial savings to Glasgow businesses on their gas and electricity bills. Longer term, the aim is to ensure continuous support to G. Heat in the delivery of its excellent fuel poverty service to disadvantaged Glasgow households. All business customers should, therefore, be confident that given the governance of the partners involved that Glasgow People’s Energy will deliver a transparent, ethical and trustworthy service.”

This scheme - which Glasgow City Council is providing £78,000 in funding to begin - is the latest in the series of Affordable Warmth programmes available for homes and businesses in the city, that offer both reduced energy costs, tackle fuel poverty and a reduced impact on the environment. These have been delivered by the council’s Affordable Warmth team, often in collaboration with partners such as G. Heat (Glasgow Home Energy Advice Team), who offer free and impartial energy advice and assistance on fuel bills/debt issues.

Notes to Editors

Media Release issued by Paul Kane, PR officer - for more information please call him on 0141 287 5387 or email paul.kane@glasgow.gov.uk

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