The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) warmly welcomes an exciting initiative by Greater Manchester local authorities in its ‘Big Clean Switch’ campaign. This scheme is encouraging both larger organisations and members of the public to switch on to cheaper 100% renewable energy providers for their electricity needs.
The ‘GM Big Clean Switch’ is a collaboration between the 10 Greater Manchester Councils and the organisation ‘The Big Clean Switch’, which is encouraging greater take-up with energy companies developing renewable gas and electricity solutions. ‘The Big Clean Switch’ is a partnership between the climate change campaigners at Purpose and the social enterprise Clean Energy UK. This partnership with the GM Combined Authority is the first attempt to encourage such a large switching to renewable energy companies and plans are being made to look at delivering it elsewhere over the future. (1)
As the ‘Big Clean Switch’ note, this campaign is unique. It is the first time a town or city has tried to save
residents money by helping them switch to green energy (let alone 10 local authorities working together),
and it is the first time an energy switching campaign of any kind has attracted such city-wide support from other organisations, from universities to football clubs.
Over the months ahead, the plan is to assist thousands of local people switch to clean energy, reducing their household bills and make a tangible step in the fight against air pollution and climate change.
A September pilot scheme saw residents who took part saving £290 per year on their average energy utility bill. The scheme only works with companies that source 100% of their electricity from renewables, mainly solar, wind, wave and hydro-electric. Apart from the GM Combined Authority, many other organisations and business are supporting the initiative, including Bolton Wanderers FC and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester NHS, 96.6 Bolton FM, Adactus Homes, the Manchester Climate Change Agency, and the University of Salford. (2)
NFLA support this positive scheme as part of the many different ways Councils across the UK and Ireland are undertaking to develop low carbon, renewable and decentralised energy. NFLA have produced considerable research in this area and regularly publish updates. (3) The simplicity of this scheme is attractive and the NFLA hopes it encourages more support for the growing renewable sector.
NFLA Steering Committee Chair Councillor Ernie Galsworthy said:
“The Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch campaign is an exciting and highly innovative new idea to promote and support 100% decentralised and renewable energy solutions and support those companies leading the way in this sector. I commend the GM Combined Authority for supporting it as a way to assist organisations to transfer to renewable energy tariffs and residents affected by fuel poverty reduce their energy bills. With many Councils developing a wide range of decentralised energy projects it is clear this sector can have a positive role in delivering a low carbon renewable revolution. NFLA urges the UK, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Governments to support such initiatives and assist Councils literally bring power back to the people.”
Ends – for more information please contact Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, on 00 44 (0)161 234 3244.
Notes for editors:
(1) GMCA and the Big Clean Switch – https://bigcleanswitch.org/gm/
(2) Business Green, ‘Northern Green Powerhouse’, 19th October 2017 http://www.businessgreen/com/bg/feature/3019423/northern-green-powerhouse-greater-manchester-firms-join-major-switch-to-green-energy
(3) NFLA Policy Briefing 160, ‘Decentralised energy update’, May 2017