However hard the rest of us try there’s no one who encapsulates Good Energy quite like Juliet Davenport, our CEO and founder.
Juliet graduated from Merton College, Oxford in 1989, where she studied Atmospheric Physics and developed her interest in climate change.
She found it difficult to find a pure science career path related to climate change so took a Masters degree in Economics and Environmental Economics at Birckbeck College, London, completed in 1994. Here she was able to gain business knowledge and an ability to put ideas into commercial practice.
Before entering the private sector, Juliet worked at the European Commission on European energy policy and later at the European parliament on carbon taxation. Buoyed by her experiences in Europe she came back to the UK and went to the Energy Committee to hear a debate on new energy technologies. What a disappointment. The UK was so far behind politically with no industry to speak of that was looking at a future for low carbon technology.
But while there wasn’t an industry in the UK, there were organisations here doing work abroad. In 1999 Juliet began working with environmental consultancy Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD, now Camco) as a consultant running technology models and analysing policies on renewable energy from countries around Europe. Her aim was to try and discover why they were further along the path to a low carbon economy than the UK.
The key seemed to be the politics, and little was changing. It was time to make a change of tack and see if going direct to the consumer and voter would make a difference...and so Good Energy was born. You can read the potted story of the company here.
Her years at the helm of one of the energy industry’s most innovative companies have seen Juliet rise to become an influential figure whose opinions are helping to shape government policy and make their mark on the future of renewable energy in the UK. She regularly meets with members of the Government and opposition to put the case for a strong energy policy which will support the growth of renewables, sits on industry regulator Ofgem’s Environmental Advisory group and is often invited to speak at events in the renewables industry.
Juliet has won numerous accolades, both for her work in the renewable energy sector and as an entrepreneur, including being the PLUS-quoted CEO of the year in 2009 and being named a top 20 Eco Hero by At Home magazine in 2010. Good Energy has also won several awards, including being twice named a Sunday Times Best Green Company, the Ethical Company Organisation’s Ethical Company Award, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Outstanding Contribution to the Environment 2009 and Observer Ethical Award for best online retail initiative.
Here in the UK, the new government has staked a claim to be 'the greenest ever'. I've already met several members of the coalition cabinet and, as ever, I can assure you that we'll be working with them to ensure they deliver on their ambitious promise