Plymouth City Council shortlisted for Green Energy Awards

Plymouth City Council and its Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) offshoot are in the running for two Green Energy Awards.

The Council, which has been instrumental in the start-up and continued support of PEC, has been shortlisted for the Most Proactive Public Sector Body category at the awards, organised by Regen South West. 

The local authority helped establish PEC in June 2013 with a start-up grant and loan and continues to support them. 

PEC is a Community Benefit Society owned and run by its 1,100 members to help residents transform how they buy, use and generate power in the city.

In addition PEC has been shortlisted in the Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme for its joint work with British Gas and the Council on a city-wide external wall insulation programme. 

“We are very pleased that the Council and PEC have been shortlisted for these awards – the more people that hear about our service the more people we can help,” said PEC Chief Executive, Alistair Macpherson.

Cllr Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing for Plymouth City Council, said: “PEC is one of Plymouth City Council’s great success stories in terms of providing more people in the city with affordable warmth and advice, and one of our completed pledges.

“PEC is also a great example of how the Council works cooperatively with people and communities to give them more control, and we are delighted to be shortlisted for these awards for the second year in a row.”

The Awards take place at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 25 November.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues