PCC options for electricity and gas

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The vast majority of climate scientists advise that current carbon emissions must be cut worldwide by 80% just to restore the world's balance. How much we participate in meeting this challenge now will have consequences for our children and grandchildren. Since 2008 the Church of England has been working towards a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 and an interim target of 42% by 2020. Churches have traditionally chosen the cheapest energy suppier but faced with the new reality of devastating climate change Gloucester Diocese and other local Christian denominations would encourage opting for a green suppier:

1. Ecotricity (see below)

2. GAIA (see beow) 

3. CofE Parish Buying Scheme

4. Direct with one of the "big six"

5. Self-generating such as Withington parish church

6. 2buy2

7. Big Church Switch

8. other schemes?

9. "Green Energy Basket compared with "Big Church Switch" by Ketherine Ross in February 2020














1. Ecotricity

Gloucester Diocese and “Ecotricity”, a green energy supplier based here in Gloucestershire, formed a partnership that encourages individuals and churches to reduce their carbon emissions.  By 2014 PV panels hade been installed as follows:

142 (80%) vicarages as well as the Diocesan offices and Cathedral

45 (12%) parish churches

6 (6%) CofE schools

Ecotricity’s mission is to change the way energy is made and used in Britain. Because the energy that powers our homes, businesses and everything else is our single biggest source of carbon emissions as a nation – accounting for nearly 40%.

As an energy company Ecotricity is unique. It takes the money its customers spend on their energy bills and uses it to build new sources of green energy. By green energy, they mean renewable energy made from the wind, the sun and soon the sea.

Over the last nine years Ecotricity has spent over £280 per customer, per year, building new wind and sun parks. That’s more than all of the other energy suppliers in Britain put together.

Switching to Ecotricity is one of the single biggest things you can do to cut your carbon emissions – and there’s never been more reasons to join. They have just one simple 100% Green Electricity tariff, their Green Gas comes with a ‘frack-free’ guarantee and they promise to cost less than the standard tariffs of the Big Six energy suppliers where you live.

Switch to Ecotricity and get a voucher worth up to £25 to spend at Waitrose (or John Lewis). Plus, for every household, vicarage or church that switches, Ecotricity will donate £25 to Gloucester Diocese into a special fund that will support new local environmental projects.

It’s really easy to switch. You can sign up in less than five minutes online by clicking here or call them on 08000 302 302 and they’ll take care of the rest. Make sure you quote "GLOSD1" to take advantage of the full deal.

If you generate your own electricity you can register your Feed-in Tariff through Ecotricity. The Diocese of Gloucester has loans available in some circumstances for churches to develop green energy schemes such as solar panels on church roofs.

For further details click here


GAIA's relationship with Gloucester Diocese goes back to 2009 and currently over 50 parish churches are enjoying the benefits of this scheme.  GAIA is an energy broker specialising in churches and has several unique selling points:

  • Independence: Gaia Energy represents customer interests first over suppliers, providing access to special ‘broker channel’ prices from dozens of suppliers
  • Reduced costs: Large Energy ’Basket’  allows Churches, charities and commercial sites to bulk-buy Gas and Electricity with a common Contract End Date 
  • Flexible options:  Churches can choose Contract End Date and can opt for 100% Renewable energy and  the ‘ARK Tariff’ which a makes a real difference in sub Saharan Africa
  • More Choice:  Access to prices from many suppliers rather than just one, as is the case with some other schemes, and are helping Churches with Water and Telecom/Wifi 
  • Experience: Gaia Energy has specialised in saving money for Churches for over 17 years.

For further details click here