Juliet Davenport: creating a home-grown energy movement

If energy was delivered in your vegetable box or supermarket crate, what would you want to know about it? …Was it sourced in Britain? Was it organically grown? Are you supporting a local farm or community by buying it?

Juliet Davenport OBE, the CEO and founder of our new energy partner Good Energy, has sought to answer all of the above with “yes”.

When Juliet left her post advising on carbon taxation at the European Parliament to become the only female to head up an energy supply company, she had a mission – she was determined to create a home-grown energy revolution. Now, more than a decade on, she has affected a real shift in the energy market and is contributing in the quest to make the UK fit for the future.

Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, at the National Trust's Morden Hall Park, Surrey

Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park, Surrey

“I’ve always been fascinated by science and the world around us so when I went to university, Physics was the obvious course choice for me,” Juliet said. “While I was studying we looked at all sorts of things including questions such as ‘why is the sky blue?’ and ‘where does wind come from?’ This piqued my interest in finding out more about how the world we live in works. It was this fascination that ultimately led me to set up Good Energy to help tackle climate change by transforming the way the UK makes and uses energy.”

Home-grown energy

She said: “We source our electricity from UK renewables like Cornish sunshine, Scottish wind and Welsh rain. It means we’re making the most of the same natural elements National Trust supporters enjoy when they’re exploring its outdoor spaces.

“We’ve also won the Which? customer satisfaction survey for energy suppliers three out of the last four years, so our customers can be sure they’re getting the best possible service.”

Creating a vision

“Britain is blessed with abundant sources of natural power and we hope people will be inspired when they see how National Trust properties can generate renewable energy in harmony with the environment,” Juliet added. “We worked with the Trust to launch its energy plan earlier this year which aims to generate half its energy needs with renewables by 2020. Together we hope to encourage people to switch to green electricity, reduce their energy usage and, if possible, generate their own renewable power at home.”

Make the switch

Simply switching your home to Good Energy’s green electricity will support the Trust’s ambition to ensure its special places and spaces are fit for the future. For every new customer Good Energy will pay up to £40 to the Trust, providing it with an income to invest in energy infrastructure and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time.

If just 5% of National Trust member households signed up to Good Energy, it would raise £3.8million in funds and mean 95,000 homes were powered by clean, renewably sourced electricity.

Is it easy to do?

It’s really simple to switch to Good Energy. There’s no disruption to your electricity or gas supply and you don’t need a new meter or someone to rewire your home. All they need is five minutes of your time and a few details either over the phone on 0845 456 1640 or online at goodenergy.co.uk/nationaltrust.

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