Posted on 11th March 2019

Southend Energy to switch supplier

Southend Energy is planning to switch energy supplier and agree a new contract with Robin Hood Energy.

There is an agreement in principle for the Robin Hood Energy to take over the operational running of the service sometime between July and September 2019, subject to agreeing a final deal. This will also ensure the Southend Energy brand continues to operate for local residents.

Since Southend Energy launched in May 2015, a total of 6,504 households have transferred their energy contract, with 3,908 households currently on supply and saving a combined total of £1.6m per annum.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, cabinet member for public protection, said: “We are pleased to be starting a new chapter with Robin Hood Energy and want to take this opportunity to thank OVO Energy for all their hard work in helping us get Southend Energy up and running.

“When Southend Energy was launched, it was with the aim of encouraging households to switch their supplier and save money. It continues to feed into our Southend 2050 ambitions of keeping residents safe and well, plus as a local run scheme, it instils pride and joy in our town.

“The success of the scheme can be measured in the engagement from the over 65 age group, who seldom ever switch supplier to save money, yet make up more than 50% of Southend Energy customers. The scheme is available to every home in the borough and helps residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable, manage the rising cost of gas and electric.

“We hope to be able to build on this success in the coming years by utilising the experience Robin Hood Energy has in running local authority energy schemes.”

Southend Energy will continue to offer a service to new and existing customers throughout the contract negotiations with Robin Hood Energy. Customers will be fully supported throughout the transition process and will be contacted ahead of any move.

Gail Scholes, Chief Executive Officer for Robin Hood Energy, said: “We are delighted to be at the final stages of discussions to become the energy supplier behind Southend Energy. This relationship with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would become our 11th white label partnership across the UK, firmly establishing us as the GoTo business for local authorities wishing to set up their own energy brands. Once approved, we look forward to working with residents of Southend and the wider East Anglian region over the coming years to provide an alternative to the big six energy companies.”

Robin Hood Energy was launched in September 2015 by Nottingham City Council and works with other local authorities as a national energy supplier.

Brands where Robin Hood Energy are the licenced energy supplier include:

  • Angelic Energy (Islington Council)
  • Beam Energy (Barking and Dagenham Council)
  • CitizEN Energy (Southampton City Council & neighbouring councils)
  • Ebico (Private Not-For-Profit business)
  • Fosse Energy (Leicestershire County Council & Leicester City Council)
  • Great North Energy (Doncaster Council & Barnsley MBC)
  • The Leccy (Liverpool City Council)
  • RAM Energy (Derby City Council)
  • White Rose Energy (Leeds City Council )
  • Your Energy Sussex (West Sussex County Council & local authorities)