Utiligroup lands consortium deal

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Lancashire-based Utiligroup, which provides software and services to the energy and utilities industry, has been appointed by a consortium in Scotland.

Our Power – a consortium of 35 Scottish housing providers and local authorities – will sell affordable energy to the 150,000 households across its member organisations, and is the first company of its kind in the UK to operate on a non-profit distributing basis.

Based in Edinburgh, Our Power plans to introduce satellite offices across Scotland, as it prepares to save tenants up to £100 a year on their energy bills.

Chorley-based Utiligroup will be providing its “Supplier in a Box”, software and managed services to the Scottish company, enabling it to take on the challenge of reducing fuel poverty. The services will enable Our Power to enter the market and supply it with state-of-the-art data systems to manage customer growth.

The appointment is the latest from a string of “challengers” which have appointed Utiligroup to assist them, as they enter the energy market. It works with a plethora of new energy providers, including Neas Energy, GnErgy and Tempus Energy.

Matthew Hirst, CEO of Utiligroup, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Our Power to our roster of forward-thinking and progressive providers.

“Its distinctive vision of giving social housing providers the capacity to provide energy to their tenants is exactly what Utiligroup is all about – making energy more affordable to end consumers and providing them with a better service.”

The company plans to go live in December 2015, providing social housing providers across Scotland with more efficient customer service, tariffs that are easier to navigate and cheaper bills.