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Greater Manchester Energy Company

At a recent meeting, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) took the next step to establishing the Greater Manchester Energy Company (GMEC).

The proposed enterprise would buy energy from the market but would also buy from local sustainable and low carbon sources including incinerators, wind, solar and hydro power schemes to supply industrial, commercial and domestic customers.

The company aims to reduce energy bills for local people by offering competitive and fair energy tariffs -  helping to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the city- region.

It will also support Greater Manchester’s low carbon goals by using any ‘profit’ to invest in new renewable low carbon and energy schemes. 

“Today’s decision helps Greater Manchester take the next step towards a local, fair and sustainable energy provider for the city- region," said Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Greater Manchester’s Lead for Low Carbon.

“The Energy Company will offer great energy prices and the knowledge that customers are helping to build a greener future for Greater Manchester."

Greater Manchester’s Energy Company will follow on from the launch of other public-sector energy companies established in Nottingham, Bristol and Cheshire East.

Work is now underway to develop a preferred model for the company which is expected to launch during 2017.

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