Published: 29th Jun 2018

Swansea City Council could become the latest local authority to go into the energy business and set up its own company for local residents. The council has launched a public consultation, which will run throughout July and ask local residents whether they would consider buying energy at a low cost from a local, people-friendly, not-for-profit company. If the public feedback is positive, a detailed business case will be drawn up for the setting up the company. If viable, the company could launch within two years. The city’s new energy company would be set up and wholly owned by Swansea Council as an arm’s length enterprise at no cost to the taxpayer. It would be the first such council enterprise in Wales although a small number exist in England, like Bristol Energy and Nottingham City Council’s Robin Hood Energy. The council’s cabinet member for homes and energy, Cllr Andrea Lewis, said: … (To read the full article, subscribe below)