Castle Water has partnered with Scottish Power to provide gas and electricity, as well as water, to its customers.
After trialling the deal across different types of customers in London and the north of Scotland, Castle is now beginning to roll it out across a broader customer base, chief executive John Reynolds told Utility Week.
The “unilateral sales partnership” involves Castle selling Scottish Power gas and electricity to its customer-base. However, a spokesperson for Scottish Power said all customers will be “serviced under the Scottish Power brand”.
The non-domestic water market has already seen a plethora of multi-utility offerings announced, including Business Stream teaming up with Utilitywise and Veolia to offer customers a complete “end-to-end” solution for all their water, energy and waste needs.
Additionally, Anglian Water Business has announced a partnership with Corona Energy to offer business customers a tri-utility supply of water, gas and electricity. And NWG Business has its own multi-utility offering which it launched after the market opened.
More recently, Ancala Partners and the Peel Group joined forces to launch a multi-utility operator called Leep Utilities.
Utilities service provider Gemserv published a research paper in February which suggested that, if trends towards multi-utility offerings build momentum, this could raise “fundamental questions” about the creation of a multi-utility regulator.