Image L-R: Councillor Norman Hampshire, David Pike, Karin Sode.

EAST Lothian Energy, in association with People’s Energy, the UK’s only community interest company energy supplier, has today been launched.

The new initiative sees People’s Energy, in association with East Lothian Council, offering a special variable and fixed tariff that is discounted from its regular tariffs and available exclusively to East Lothian residents.

Customers will also benefit from automatic People’s Energy membership which includes a pledge to pay back 75% of profits to all domestic customers through an annual rebate.

David Pike, People’s Energy CEO and co-founder, said: “Within East Lothian, it is estimated that almost a quarter of households (22%) are living in fuel poverty, equating to 13,500 homes. With this new affordable tariff for East Lothian residents, we have the potential to reduce the fuel poverty gap in the area quite considerably.

“People’s Energy is a social enterprise that puts people and the planet before profits. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with East Lothian Council to help make a positive change in the same area where People’s Energy first started three years ago.”

Councillor Norman Hampshire, cabinet spokesperson for the environment, East Lothian council, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with People’s Energy to launch this exciting new initiative. East Lothian Energy gives county residents the exclusive opportunity to purchase affordable, sustainable and fair energy. We hope this will be attractive to householders across a mix of tenures – including tenants and homeowners.

“As well as saving money and helping to reduce fuel poverty, East Lothian Energy is a great way of enabling customers to support the environment and tackling climate change – a key priority for us as a council. That is because all of the electricity comes from 100% renewable sources.”