Dundee Energy Summit hailed as a success
29 June 2012
Jenny Marra MSP and Jimmy Black, Dundee City Council’s Housing Convenor have today hailed the Dundee Energy Summit as a success in its aim to take forward a collective purchasing scheme for Dundee.
The Summit gathered together key stakeholders from across the energy industry in Scotland together with Dundee City Council to discuss how the successful Belgian and Dutch collective purchasing model could work in Dundee.
The scheme saves Belgian and Dutch energy consumers up to 30% off their fuel bills by pooling consumers together to bargain for cheaper fuel bills.
Presentations were given by the company that administrate the scheme in Belgium, Ichoosr whose representative had flown across from Belgium for the meeting today. and by Which? who recently ran a collective purchasing scheme across Britain.
Other attendees included Consumer Focus Scotland, who have recently written a report into collective purchasing, and industry regulators Ofgem.
Dundee City Council agreed to do further work on the proposal and meet again to share progress and report back within three months.
Jenny Marra MSP said,
"Today was a great step forward in our vision for Dundee to become the first city in the UK to buy our energy together and get savings for our citizens.
“Everyone at the meeting today was positive and constructive about putting a scheme together.
“ I am determined that we should make this happen for Dundee.”
Jimmy Black, Convener of Housing at Dundee City Council said,
“This was a very useful meeting. If we can find a way of saving Dundee citizens money on their fuel bills we should do it.
“I’m going to go back and talk to my colleagues on the Council to look for the best way forward.”