Rise of Ethical Energy Companies Trumps Big Six

Press Release

By Social Enterprise Scotland



Centrica, owner of Scottish and British Gas, has posted a big drop in profits and customers.

A recent Which? customer satisfaction survey also ranked the big six energy companies at the bottom of the league table, as consumers switch to alternative energy suppliers like Our Power and Co-op Energy.

Duncan Thorp of Social Enterprise Scotland said:

“Consumers are sick and tired of poor customer service, expensive energy tariffs and businesses that put shareholder profits before the needs of customers.

“The dominance of the big six energy suppliers is in decline and energy users are discovering the social enterprise and ethical alternatives.

“In addition we have local communities across Scotland generating their own renewable energy, ensuring that profits directly benefit local areas.

“It’s easy for consumers to make the switch to better energy and put people and planet before shareholder profits.”



1 Insider magazine story on Centrica and Which? survey: www.insider.co.uk/company-results-forecasts/centrica-profits-fall-after-drop-12068660

2 Our Power: Scottish not-for-profit energy supplier, founded by social housing and local authority innovators, aiming to bring affordable power to the people: our-power.co.uk 

3 Co-op Energy: part of The Midcounties Co-operative, the largest independent co-operative in the UK, with democratic member control: cooperativeenergy.coop 

4 Consumers can switch using: energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk or uswitch.com 

5 Other alternative energy suppliers include: Ecotricity (ecotricity.co.uk), Good Energy (goodenergy.co.uk) and Green Star Energy (mygreenstarenergy.com).

6 Citrus Energy - a unique social enterprise company from Cunninghame Housing Association that provides quick and easy services to help reduce home or business energy bills: citrusenergy.businesscatalyst.com

7 LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) - energy efficiency advice and sustainable community development in Renfrewshire: myleapproject.org

8 Community Energy Scotland - registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation: communityenergyscotland.org.uk

9 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Read more here: socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/our-story/what-is-social-enterprise

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