Press Releases 2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David lecture by Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and Founder of Good Energy and Professor of Practice at UWTSD.

08.04.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to host a special lecture by Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and Founder of Good Energy and Professor of Practice at UWTSD.

The lecture, entitled "The Internet of Energy : Opportunities and Challenges in Swansea Bay,” was held at Technium 2 Conference Room, Swansea, on April 6 and was attended by businesses in the Swansea Bay area, representatives from Swansea Council and Carmarthenshire Council Leader Emlyn Dole.

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Director of INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at UWTSD, Jane Davidson said: “One of the biggest opportunities for the Swansea Bay City Region is to capitalise on the expertise in the energy sector and to look at new and innovative ways to create renewable energy opportunities, not least through the Tidal Lagoon. Having Juliet Davenport, CEO of the award winning Good Energy - itself one of the most innovative and ethical of the UK energy companies, come to talk to Swansea Bay business representatives about what we could do was inspirational. I’m delighted that Juliet has accepted a role in the university as a Professor of Practice and look forward to continuing the dialogue in the interests of putting Swansea bay on the map as a centre of excellence for responsible energy innovation.’  

Juliet, the founder and CEO of Chippenham-based Good Energy, one of the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity supply and generator companies, said: "I really enjoyed my first foray into the role of Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with my presentation of the Internet of Energy provoking some inspired and thought provoking questions, as I hoped it would.  It is great to present to an audience that was so engaged with the topic, and I came away with loads of ideas and thoughts for how we can deliver a sustainable future in Wales."

A true renewable industry entrepreneur, Juliet built Good Energy from scratch, starting from small beginnings more than 15 years ago.

Her mission then, as it is now, is to tackle climate change, help deliver energy security for the UK, and give consumers the opportunity to buy 100% renewable electricity. 

Juliet has recently been appointed as a Professor of Practice at UWTSD.

The title of ‘Honorary Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the University.  

Additional background for Editors

Juliet’s belief in the role renewables can and must play in an environmentally sustainable, economically affordable and diverse energy supply structure grew out of an early interest in climate change, which she studied as part of her physics degree at Oxford University. Her views were subsequently reinforced while working on an internship with the European Commission on Energy, during which she recognised that politics wasn’t going to drive the change that was needed.

It was this background that led to the creation of Good Energy. Today, the company has more than 176,500 electricity, gas and Feed-in Tariff customers across the UK, along with an excellent reputation for quality customer service, having topped the Which? energy company customer satisfaction survey for three out of the last four years, and recently winning two consecutive MoneySavingExpert polls.

Good Energy has a unique business model, using power purchase agreements to buy renewable electricity from an ever-growing network of small and medium sized independent generators spread across the UK.

A founding member of the Social Stock Exchange, Good Energy has set the energy market standard for ethically and socially responsible companies, proving it’s entirely possible to do so while maintaining commercially sound and profitable business principles. “I want Good Energy to be the blueprint for how other energy companies should be,” says Juliet.

In January 2013, Juliet Davenport was awarded the OBE for services to renewables.  In 2015 Good Energy was also recognised being named Company of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, Leaders of the Year at the British Renewable Energy Awards and winning Social Impact Company of the Year for the second year running at the Small Cap Awards.

Note to Editor

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk