Published: 19th Oct 2017

Islington and Doncaster are the latest councils to launch their own energy companies, following deals with Nottingham council’s Robin Hood Energy. A raft of municipal energy companies have opened in the last few years, providing a not-for-profit alternative to the ‘Big Six’. Islington council announced the launch of Angelic Energy this week, the capital’s first municipal energy company in more than a century. In a statement the council said that the new provider would help it bring down inequality in the borough, and combat fuel poverty. Islington has the third-highest level of child poverty in the country at 36%, and a fifth of households are in fuel poverty. With energy prices having risen by 36% above the price of inflation over the last decade, many households struggle to provide basic heating and food, the council said. It wants to prevent its poorest citizens from being pushed onto Pay As You … (To read the full article, subscribe below)