Not-for-profit energy companies Southend Energy and Robin Hood Energy join forces to fight fuel poverty in the UK

Published Tuesday, 18th February 2020

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After a successful five year partnership with OVO, Southend Energy is excited to announce it has now partnered with Robin Hood Energy, the UK’s first publicly owned energy supplier.

  • Southend Energy and Robin Hood Energy join forces to offer fairer energy prices for people of Southend and Essex
  • the partnership is committed to tackling climate change, with all electricity coming from 100% green UK solar and wind farms*
  • to date, Southend Energy has delivered over £7 million of savings for its customers

The new partnership means that Southend Energy, Southend’s council-owned energy provider, will offer competitively priced energy for the residents of Southend and Essex. Robin Hood Energy, a not-for-profit energy supplier, was set up by Nottingham City Council to provide fairly priced energy across the UK, while using any surplus made to tackle fuel poverty and help the most vulnerable.

Southend Energy has decided on the partnership because of Robin Hood Energy’s purpose to put ‘people before profit’ and because of their mission to help tackle fuel poverty. The company does not have private shareholders or pay any director bonuses, which means any savings are passed on to the customer and the communities they serve. Being not-for-profit means that any surplus generated by Southend Energy gets reinvested into supporting local people in fuel and other community projects. Vulnerable Southend residents will also be supported by a dedicated Vulnerability Team, with warm home discounts available for those in the Core Group, receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (eligibility criteria applies).

The partnership is also fully committed to combatting climate change, with all electricity coming from 100% green UK solar and wind farms*. For every Megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity purchased for Southend Energy customers, a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate is also purchased, which proves the electricity is certified as being sourced either directly from the renewable generators or through a green wholesale energy provider.

Cllr Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this partnership which will help our customers and our continuing fight against fuel poverty in Southend. At a time when families find it hard to pay for energy bills, this partnership will offer low prices that ensure we are always trying to do what is in the best interest of our residents.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, Chair of Robin Hood Energy, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Southend Energy and see this as a fantastic opportunity to further extend our reach in helping to tackle fuel poverty.”

Find out more about Southend Energy and see how much you may be able to save by switching your energy provider at Southend Energy.

*Green electricity tariffs are certified as being sourced from UK based wind and solar generators. For every Megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity purchased for customers, a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate is also purchased, which proves the electricity is certified as being sourced either directly from the renewable generators or through a green wholesale energy provider.