A UK utility has teamed up with a technology start-up to trial a new way for generators of renewable energy to trade electricity.

Good Energy only sells power from renewable sources while Open Utility designs and builds digital technology to promote clean energy.

Together they are launching a six-month trial of a service called Piclo, which they claim will be “an eBay for energy that could offer more transparency and control than ever before”.Juliet Davenport Good Energy

The trial will allow businesses to buy renewable electricity directly from specific sites. Renewable generators will be able to sell their electricity directly to their neighbours, local businesses or schools for the best price. Good Energy will act as utility partner for the scheme, working with Open Utility to help facilitate billing and also ensure that Piclo meets all regulatory requirements.

Good Energy founder and chief executive Juliet Davenport (pictured) said: “Piclo is an innovative service that puts consumers at the heart of energy and could unlock the potential of renewables in the UK. This is something we passionately support as an independent energy supplier.”

Open Utility chief executive James Johnston said that Piclo would be “a significant first step towards giving people more control over their energy, and helping support a future powered by renewables”.

The project is backed by The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund scheme run by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change while energy regulator Ofgem is following its progress.

Open Utility and Good Energy are currently recruiting a limited number of commercial consumers and renewable generators to be the first to try out Piclo. To register your interest in joining the trial contact innovation@goodenergy.co.uk