Decision details

Breckland Collective Energy Switching Scheme

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the establishment of a collective energy switching scheme for Breckland.


That a Breckland Council collective energy switching scheme be commissioned, and subject to successful discussions, authority be delegated to the Chief Executive or the Deputy Chief Executive to enter into a contract and deliver a collective switching energy scheme on behalf of Breckland residents.

Reasons for the decision:

The recommendation is to commission Breckland’s own collective energy switching scheme.  Having direct management over the scheme will enable the Council to shape and develop the scheme and provide a positive message that the Council is helping and supporting its residents on a local level.  Once established, the scheme will be relatively low cost to run, as it can be predominately web based, and the bulk of marketing material will be covered within the set up costs.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Do nothing


Households in Breckland would not have the opportunity to participate in a collective energy switching scheme.  They would continue to purchase energy on an individual basis, potentially at a higher price, increasing the chance of the household falling into fuel poverty.  If other local authorities offer the scheme and we do not, residents may deem us to not be supporting our local communities.


Option 2 - To commission our own collective energy switching scheme


The Council will engage the services of a private sector switching specialist to manage a collective switching scheme for the Council.


Option 3 - To commence a collective switching process by joining the Peterborough led consortium


The council will engage with the consortium, who will operate and manage the scheme on the councils behalf.




Report author: Sarah Simpson

Publication date: 22/11/2012

Date of decision: 20/11/2012

Decided at meeting: 20/11/2012 - Cabinet

Effective from: 30/11/2012

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