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Council considers bulk buy energy scheme
7:00pm Monday 12th November 2012 in News
A COUNTY-WIDE bulk buying scheme could be set up in a bid to drive down rising energy prices.
Council leaders hope they can secure a cheaper deal for domestic electricity and gas customers if enough sign up with energy firms.
A Cherwell District Council report says the council should “support and promote” the scheme possibly using firm iChoosr as an intermediary.
It says: “There is likely to be a positive impact economically for those residents who sign up to the scheme and receive a more competitive, lower price for their energy.”
The Government announced £5m in funding for such “collective energy” schemes in September in a bid to tackle fuel poverty.
More than 1,600 people have joined a pilot scheme being run by South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria.
Lead council member for clean and green Nigel Morris said: “Even if we got ten per cent of Cherwell homes signed up, that would be 5,000 or 6,000, so it would be a beneficial bargaining tool.
“Fuel poverty is something that is very much in the forefront of people’s minds.”