People's Energy story
The People’s Energy Company offers 100% renewable electricity with some of the lowest prices on the market. Rather than going to shareholders, surplus profit is given back to their customers in the form of a rebate on their energy bill.
The company was set up with £450,000 of crowdfunding money, donated by 2,000 people. The company had planned on issuing its first pay-out by March 2019, but its profitability meant that they were able to give money back to some of its crowdfunders at the end of 2018. In 2020, the company aims to give 75% of its profits back to its customers.
People’s Energy also aims to transfer ownership of the company over to its 20,000 customers, so they can influence decisions about how the company is run.
David Pike says: “The vision for People’s Energy is to have over one million customers, all of whom are in control of their gas and electricity and getting a percentage of the company’s profits back. Our company is about putting trust back into the market, currently there is very little. We want our customers to know that we have their best interests at heart and that with us they will have a say in how the company is run.”
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Useful learnings from People's Energy
People’s Energy publish all their board meeting minutes on their website so that their members (customers) know what they are thinking and have a better understanding of the plans and challenges. This kind of openness creates a stronger relationship that is not simply transactional one between supplier and customer.
Their members (customers) are at the heart of what they do. Members are represented at board level: elections are held every year to nominate people and currently they have three member representatives sitting on their board. In this way, the board hears directly from the community about their ideas, suggestions and feedback.