We believe energy should be better. A better experience for customers, better for the planet, and better value for money. Our aim of this podcast series is to give you real insight into our company’s DNA – the way we work, the way we think, our values, and our people. We’ll be chatting to various members of the Octopus Energy team over the coming series, exploring everything from our products and services, to the technology that sits behind them and the culture that is driving us to deliver Cheaper Greener Energy.
Ep 13: How our US team is achieving rapid growth while helping customers through the energy crisis
Today we're back across the pond to talk to the US team about the exciting growth they've seen over the last 18 months since launching in Texas. We chat again with Michael Lee, the CEO of Octopus Energy US, Lily Stein who is an Octopus veteran and moving to Texas from Australia to lead operations and Naja Cossey, the Director of Marketing for US.
We dive into some of the new programs and campaigns they've been running stateside to help customers through times of rising energy prices and grid uncertainty. We discuss the impact a brand that looks after its customers with such outrageously good service can have on the way customers use energy and how in turn, that can shift the way the market works.
Episode 12: A new energy era - how households can help balance the grid AND get paid for it
In this episode, our podcast host, Russell Goldsmith, chats with Alex Schoch, who heads up our global flexibility team, and Devrim Celal, the CEO of Octopus’ flexibility technology arm KrakenFlex about how to unlock the untapped resource of household flexibility.
It’s clear – we’re entering a new era of energy in which households are moving from passive off-takers to active enablers of a smarter, greener and cheaper grid. For the first time ever, UK’s National Grid this winter is offering a new service to households, allowing them to reduce their usage during times of peak demand and get paid for it.
Alex and Devrim explain how the scheme works and what other innovations we are working on to build the smart grid of the future.
Bonus Episode: Energy Saving Tips with the Founder of the Energy Advice UK Facebook group
The well regarded Energy Advice UK Facebook group, founded by Gemma Hatvani in 2020, now holds nearly 100,000 members. Octopus's Chief Product Officer Rebecca Dibb-Simkin talks to Gemma and her colleague Ian about their rollercoaster journey, how their community supports each other and works with suppliers, and shares some energy efficiency advice from the group.
Episode 11: The Fan Club - providing cheaper energy when the wind is blowing
Octopus Energy is known for its breakthrough innovations - one of the most exciting ones is The Fan Club, the world’s first local tariff that provides customers living near wind turbines with cheaper energy when the wind is blowing, with a discount of up to 50%.
In this episode, we welcome back Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy Generation, who explains how the tariff has come about, how it works and what impact it has had so far. We also hear from the Fan Club’s first customer James Laing, sustainability pioneer and Fan Club fan Julia Hailes, and Dan Gowthorpe, who hosts one of Octopus’ Fan Club wind turbines.
Episode 10: Going Global and meeting the team in Germany
In Episode 8, we chatted to the people who head up Octopus Energy around the world. And so off the back of that discussion, we decided to invite each of those CEOs back onto the podcast for a deeper dive into Octopus Energy in their respective territories, but also with a view of meeting some more members of their teams to get a real understanding of what it's like to work for our company around the globe and find out a bit more about some of the projects they are working on. For the first in this special series of episodes, we're off to Octopus Energy Germany with Andrew Mack and his team.
Episode 9: How we're making energy greener
Green energy is already the cheapest way to generate electricity, but we need to build a lot more solar and wind farms to move the world to a fully green energy system. In this episode, our host Russell Goldsmith delves into the world of Octopus Energy's green generation arm. Joined by Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy Generation, Matt Setchell, Co-head of Octopus Renewables, Paul Loran, Head of Innovation, and Ashleigh Gray, Chief of Staff, they talk about how Octopus is disrupting the renewable generation space in favour of consumers.
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This Podcast has been such an education into the values and drivers behind why Octopus Energy exist and why they are so successful in the market. Refreshingly open and insightful it’s been great learning, keep going and delivering on your mission!
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We’ve been with Octopus for a couple and years and switched to Agile in March 2020. The move to Agile has changed the way our family (mum, dad and two primary age kids) thinks about energy beyond anything I’d ever envisioned. We are now all conscious about consumption - how we consume and when. Saving money was our primary motivation but now this has transitioned to saving carbon and this thinking is shaping our lives beyond our energy consumption in isolation. It’s changed our lives for the better. If this happens on the scale that Octopus envisage then the benefits to the planet and family budgets will be profound. Listen to the podcast, look at your own energy consumption and get started on your smart, clean, energy journey. Help shake up the sleepy incumbents and do good!