UWTSD hosts lecture by Good Energy Founder and CEO


UWTSD was delighted to host a special lecture by Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and Founder of Good Energy this week in front of a packed audience on the University’s Carmarthen campus. 

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The Lecture, entitled “The Good Energy Story” and arranged by the University’s Carmarthen Business School, focused on British renewable electricity company Good Energy which was founded in 1999.  A true renewable industry entrepreneur, Juliet built Good Energy from scratch, starting from small beginnings nearly 20 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’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.

Juliet Davenport OBE, who is a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University, said: 

“It was wonderful to be back at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David today and to have the opportunity to talk about Good Energy.  I set up the company in 1999 with the aim of transforming the UK energy market by helping homes and businesses to be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.  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. Our aim is to create a community of homes and businesses that either buys 100% renewable electricity and green gas, generate renewable power in their own homes, or invest in renewable power as a shareholder of Good Energy. 

It was a privilege once again to be here and have the opportunity to present to an audience that was so engaged with the topic, and we certainly had a positive and interesting discussion.  I very much look forward to visiting the University again in my Professor of Practice role.”

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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.  Juliet was appointed as a Professor of Practice at UWTSD last year  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.

Programme Director for Carmarthen Business School’s innovative sustainable business portfolio is Dr Louise Emanuel.  She added:

“It was wonderful to have 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 us here today.  It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and guests to hear more about the excellent work carried out by Good Energy and to hear about Juliet’s story.  It is an inspirational one and as a University we’re delighted to have Juliet as one of our Professors of Practice and look forward to continuing the relationship into the future.  There is no doubt that by following the Good Energy model there is an opportunity to inspire a UK energy revolution.”    

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk