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Greater Manchester powers switch to clean energy

Words: Huw Morris
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Local authorities, businesses, universities and football clubs across Greater Manchester have joined forces to launch a major clean energy drive.

The initiative aims to encourage residents and businesses to switch to suppliers offering 100 per cent renewable energy sources and raise funds for green projects in the region.

The Big Clean Switch campaign, spearheaded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), follows last week’s Clean Growth Strategy unveiled by the government to highlight the low-carbon economy.

Among the organisations backing the scheme are Greater Manchester NHS, the region’s chamber of commerce, the Manchester Climate Change Agency, Salford University and Bolton FC.

Under the initiative, residents and organisations can use a market comparison website to access the best possible deals. It is being funded through commission paid by clean energy suppliers for helping them secure new customers.

The GMCA promised that deals will be the same or better than those on suppliers’ websites, with a third of the money raised from the commission channelled into environmental projects.

“If just one in 100 homes across Greater Manchester switches to a clean tariff, that's the carbon emissions equivalent of taking more than 10,000 cars off the road," said mayor Andy Burnham.

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