Bristol Energy has announced it has secured a one-year contract to supply Bristol City Council with electricity.
Despite being owned by the local authority, Bristol Energy still went through went through a “rigorous procurement process”, according to the city’s deputy mayor.
The 30GWh of electricity covered by the contract – enough to meet the annual needs of roughly 10,000 homes – will be supplied on the company’s standard tariff. It will include power bought from the city’s wind turbines and solar panels in Avonmouth, allowing money to be recycled back to Bristol City Council.
Bristol Energy secured a contract to supply gas to all of the council’s sites in November.
The company’s interim managing director, Marek Majewicz, said: “Bristol Energy is committed to supporting the city of Bristol to hit their ambitious social and environmental goals as set out in the One City Plan.
“This tender win signals the start of an exciting new phase of growth for Bristol Energy. My message to every consumer and business owner in Bristol is this is your energy company – join us to help us reinvest back into Bristol community.”
The deputy mayor of Bristol, Craig Cheney, said: “We’re delighted that Bristol Energy will be helping us achieve our goal of becoming a carbon neutral city by powering Bristol with locally sourced, green energy.
“We’ve undertaken a rigorous procurement process to ensure both value for money when spending the public purse and maximum social value. Bristol Energy was able to offer both of these things.”
Bristol Energy has also announced it has secured a contract to supply Gloucester County Cricket Club’s Brightside Ground with gas and electricity for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Earlier this month, the supplier become the first in the UK to sell heat “as a service” rather than in kilowatt hours (KWh).
Through a government-backed trial run by Energy Systems Catapult, the company is offering customers the chance to buy a “heat plan” tailored to their individual home and lifestyle. The plans provide customers with “room-by-room, hour-by-hour control over their heating”.
Shortly before Christmas, Peter Haigh, who helped launch Bristol Energy in 2015, announced he was stepping down as its managing director. He was replaced on a interim basis by the company’s then finance director Marek Majewicz.