The success of Robin Hood Energy and Bristol Energy has raised the profile of energy services companies over the past couple of years. However they are not new with examples having been operating in Woking, Nottingham Southampton and Aberdeen for many years. White labels are also increasing in number as the interest from councils in intervening to address fuel poverty in their localities increases. There is no doubt that they can be successful projects and that benefits can emerge from them. As such, APSE Energy would encourage all committed local authorities to positively examine how they can take this agenda forward and as with any project they must be designed and managed properly and have access to relevant expertise.
Whatever your council is thinking of doing (setting up a fully licensed ESCO, looking to encourage more of its local inhabitants to switch suppliers or something in between) it is probably the first time it has done something like this. Such a project will be a new experience for most officers and councillors within an energy arena which is also an emerging and dynamic sector. Although other local authorities may have done something similar, there is no guarantee that yours can follow suit.
A number of questions have arisen as these models have emerged and this publication throws light on many of them informing interested parties about their options and the decisions they have to take.