Our first ‘Green Gas’ customers are with us now. Me included I’m pleased to say.
While we shake things down we’re limiting the sign up rate to a few hundred a week. If you want to get in the queue to be among the first you can do that here.
The response from Ecotricity customers and non customers, to this idea, has been fantastic.
The response from British Gas has been something else. Odd to say the least.
Just before Xmas we had a series of legal threats from them, about one a week for three weeks in fact.
The first alleged that we were ‘pretending’ to be British Gas. They didn’t like our tongue in cheek “Real British Gas” logo it seems – we’ve tweaked it a bit here to make them feel better. It’s hard to take that seriously – we are so not pretending to be British Gas. Why on earth would we? It was a joke guys.
About a week later we got another legal threat, this time dear old BG claimed we were misleading people by offering Green Gas, when in fact it wasn’t (green). Something we think we’ve been pretty clear about.
As part of this they complained our web site offered ‘free gas’. Well I don’t know what gas they might have been breathing down there in BG’s legal bunker, but there’s no such thing on our web site. Anyway, they threatened to refer us to Trading Standards, that would have been funny – we ignored them, nothing happened.
Then, talk about buses, about a week later we get another legal threat from BG. This time they’re upset because we’re about to publish 2009’s WhichGreen statistics – the ones that show how much each electricity company in the UK spent, in 2009 – building new renewables.
BG didn’t like the number we had for them, which is zero (funnily enough they have a green tariff called Zero – is this what it means… 🙂 ).
I won’t get into the details of that here as we’ll publish WhichGreen 2009 figures shortly.
So, it seems we’ve miffed BG by announcing our Green Gas plans, they’ve made that pretty clear to us. This string of legal threats doesn’t do them any credit IMO, but maybe that’s just how the Big Six roll.
Meanwhile on the real Green Gas front, we’re moving ahead with plans to build a pilot project. It’s actually fascinating stuff (or maybe I’m sad… 🙂 ) – looking at volumes of waste required, where to get it, the technology, land requirement, planning issues and the number of homes we might be able to supply Green Gas to, from each ‘GasMill’.