A Birmingham City Council Community Energy Company

Closed 31 Dec 2015

Opened 2 Dec 2015

Feedback updated 14 Apr 2016

We asked

What you thought would be the barriers to you switching to a Community Energy Company and what you thought the likelihood of success would be.

You said

ISSUES RAISED

Cost

Worries about incurring switching charges

The need for costs to be lower enough to make switching worthwhile.

Doubts as to whether a partnership with an existing company would deliver the greatest savings

The suggestion that the formation of a true municipal energy company, owned and operated by Birmingham City Council would be able to deliver the highest savings

Clear Pricing Structure with no hidden costs

 

Reputation

Uncertainty about the level of trust in the Local Authority Trusted Brand

No deals with “The Big Six”

 

Renewable Energy -

Renewable energy was a common issue

The need for the company to sell energy from the Tyseley Energy from Waste Plant

Satisfaction with a current renewable energy supplier and uncertain about the level of renewably-sourced power from the proposed company

Not sacrificing renewable content over cost – energy for the long-term

No fossil fuels or nuclear-derived power.

No fracked gas

 

Operating Model/Business Planning

Industry respondents have mentioned  

  • The additional, non-fuel costs they incur
  • The additional services customers might want (e.g. SMART Meters)

Comments about Birmingham City Council providing investors with financial certainty about investing in renewables

Questions about the business plan for the company

The lack of a single supplier that could satisfy the aspirations of the city

The need for community shareholding

The ability to make the scheme available to neighbouring areas

Learn lessons from Birmingham Energy Savers and the collective switching projects

 

Additional Services

The need for microgeneration, insulation metering

 

Other

Confusion of this proposal with an existing community energy company

 

 

 

We did

We have carried out a detailed analysis of the responses and no equalities issues have emerged.

We are currently revising our proposals and approach to this, based on changes in the energy market and the emergence of new potential partners.

Overview

Birmingham City Council is considering entering a partnership with an energy company to provide cheaper and more renewable energy to people living in Birmingham.  The Council would help to publicise the new company and sign-post vulnerable people and people in fuel poverty to this company though its own and it’s partners’ publicity teams.

We would expect that Community Energy Company to buy cheap energy and to sell it on to people in Birmingham, and in particular to pass on any financial savings to the public. The energy company would run the other commercial aspects of the company such as: switching, metering, billing and customer service.

This consultation will steer the Council’s decision which is likely in the Spring of 2016.

Why your views matter

We are consulting for two reasons:

  1. We need to make sure that there are no social groups in the city that would be unreasonably adversely affected by setting up this company
  2. We are interested in how much interest there is for Birmingham City Council to form a partnership with an energy company.  We need to know this because a previous energy switching campaign was not taken up by the numbers of households hoped for.

 

What happens next

We will use your response to this survey to ensure that the Council takes all reasonable steps to minimise any inequalities that may arise by setting up this venture.

Areas

  • ACOCKS GREEN
  • ASTON
  • BARTLEY GREEN
  • BILLESLEY
  • BORDESLEY GREEN
  • BOURNVILLE
  • BRANDWOOD
  • CITY CENTRE
  • CITY-WIDE
  • EDGBASTON
  • ERDINGTON
  • HALL GREEN
  • HANDSWORTH WOOD
  • HARBORNE
  • HODGE HILL
  • KINGS NORTON
  • KINGSTANDING
  • LADYWOOD
  • LONGBRIDGE
  • LOZELLS AND EAST HANDSWORTH
  • MOSELEY AND KINGS HEATH
  • NECHELLS
  • NORTHFIELD
  • OSCOTT
  • PERRY BARR
  • QUINTON
  • SELLY OAK
  • SHARD END
  • SHELDON
  • SOHO
  • SOUTH YARDLEY
  • SPARKBROOK
  • SPRINGFIELD
  • STECHFORD AND YARDLEY NORTH
  • STOCKLAND GREEN
  • SUTTON FOUR OAKS
  • SUTTON NEW HALL
  • SUTTON TRINITY
  • SUTTON VESEY
  • TYBURN
  • WASHWOOD HEATH
  • WEOLEY

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Minority Ethnic people
  • Older people
  • Disabled people
  • Council tenants
  • Women
  • Councillors/MPs/MEPs
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender people
  • Parents/Carers/Guardians
  • Older people
  • Patients
  • People with Disabilities
  • People with Learning Disabilities
  • Men
  • Students
  • Offenders
  • People‚Äôs panel
  • Local Residents
  • Public Sector Bodies
  • Businesses
  • Faith groups
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff
  • Service user groups

Interests

  • Older people issues
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Environment
  • Regeneration
  • Housing
  • Business
  • Health Services
  • Health Conditions
  • Health Information