Councils could save tens of millions of pounds in energy costs after a survey found that more than 95 per cent still rely on the “Big Six” energy suppliers. Of 273 councils, 92 were contracted to Npower, 45 to EDF Energy, 8 to SSE, 5 to Eon, 5 to Scottish Power and 3 to British Gas. A further 85 used other large suppliers, 9 used smaller suppliers and 21 did not know. This means that only 3.6 per cent of councils use small suppliers, whereas about 20 per cent of British households have switched to get a better deal. Bulb, a challenger energy company, commissioned the research, which estimated that £863 million of taxpayers’ money goes to the Big Six. Bulb said that local authorities could save money and help the environment by switching, as larger companies used less renewable energy than smaller competitors. A market re view in 2016 found that the average household could save about 21 per cent by switching supplier, although similar savings may be hard to achieve in the commercial energy market, which is more competitive. None of the local authorities that responded had switched to a fully renewable supplier, despite many council leaders and mayors encouraging their residents to switch for environmental as well as cost reasons. Such statements have been made by the Greater London Authority, Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester City councils, as well as Preston city council. A report by the Local Government Association last year urged councils to think more carefully about energy procurement. “Councils must look to gain greater control over their energy spend, to insulate them from wider trends and benefit from the huge opportunities presented by new energy technologies and business models,” it said.
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