A partnership between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and OVO Energy, Southend Energy promises to offer a fairer deal for residents and businesses with a Southend (SS) postcode and provide competition to the larger energy companies.
It will be the first time Southend has had its own energy company since Southend-on-Sea County Borough Corporation was disbanded in the late 1940s, when gas and electricity energy industries were nationalised.
Very competitively priced standing charges and fairer tariffs will be available to all residents in the Borough looking for a local alternative to their current supplier, with particular benefits for those who are fuel-poor and those on pre-payment meters.
Southend Energy will be officially launched this Thursday (28th May) from 12-1pm on Southend Pier. Residents and local media will be able to hear from Southend Council Chief Executive Rob Tinlin and Leader of the Council, Ron Woodley.There will be the opportunity to hear speeches, see an escapology performance by an acclaimed Magic Circle escapologist and sign up to Southend Energy.
If you would like to attend the launch, please firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Andy Lewis, Director for Place at the Council, said: “Switching is easy and we’ll be offering fairer energy tariffs, fairer contracts and fairer treatment There will be no exit charges and we will give customers plenty of reminders about when their first-year contract is up for renewal so they can search the market for a better deal if they choose.
“Our decision to partner with OVO is also reinforced by their consistently market-leading customer-service record and the supplier recently being awarded Supplier of the Year in the uSwitch Energy Awards 2014.”
Craig Morley, Managing Director of OVO Communities, commented: “We set out with the aim of giving residents of Southend a genuine alternative to the larger energy suppliers and have been exceptionally encouraged by feedback and interest on the scheme. We look forward to launching Southend Energy together with the Council and bringing a fairer energy deal to the Borough.”
If you would like to pre-register your interest today, please do so by completing the council's online form. You can also do this using the computers at the Civic Centre’s customer service centre.
Tariffs for businesses and pre-payment customers will be launched in the coming weeks.