Ovo Communities project set to challenge the Big Six suppliers’ group


Ovo Energy, one of the UK’s most ambitious smaller energy suppliers, has revealed plans to help local communities become energy suppliers, thus challenging the dominance of the established “Big Six” group.

The scheme, dubbed Ovo Communities, aims to bring up to 500 new power providers on-stream by 2020, with Ovo’s role being that of a co-ordinator and technology partner to local communities. Basically, the company will help local groups set up renewable energy installations and and sell the resulting energy to local residents.

As part of the Ovo Communities initiative, Ovo Energy will also supply residents who join the scheme a series of interesting supporting extras, such as smart metering, power purchasing and energy efficiency installations, a news report on the matter has revealed.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder and Managing Director, Ovo Energy believes “one of the great myths of today’s energy industry is that we need big, centralised energy companies to keep the lights on”.

He added: “By enabling hundreds of potential new entrants to share our infrastructure, Ovo is smashing down barriers to entry into an industry that desperately needs a fresh approach. We face a big energy challenge in the UK and we really need to change how the industry works.”

This initiative is an extremely interesting one and other suppliers/companies are likely to follow suite, which means that, on the long run, customers might be a lot better off in terms of their energy spending, especially when also installing various energy efficiency solutions.

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