Energy secretary Edward Davey is at the Eden Project in Cornwall today, launching the new collective switching scheme Cornwall Together.
The scheme is designed to save Cornish households up to 20 percent on their energy bills – an estimated £240million – taking a significant step towards tackling fuel poverty and health inequality.
In a keynote speech delivered at the Eden Project, Davey spoke of his vision for energy collective purchasing and praised the Cornwall Together initiative.
He said: “I want the benefits of collective switching to be open to all communities. That’s why Cornwall Together is such a fantastic initiative. Not just because this is the first time a county has joined together to help people save. Not just because it’s coming from a new angle, by working with big employers in Cornwall, across sectors. Not just because it encourages people to think about more sustainable energy options. But also because this is the first collective switching scheme I’ve heard of that will actively target the hard-to-reach the households who most need help. And one pound out of every 10 generated will go into a fund for Cornish communities. This scheme really is the first of its kind. And I sincerely hope it’s the first of many.”