UK Energy Supplier News

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20 March 2019
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Good Energy pushes harder into b2b market

Good Energy believes its growth will increasingly come from the business market, with energy services the future of its business model.

The Energyst

20 March 2019
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Jaguar Land Rover installs UK's largest 'smart' EV charging facility

Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has installed what it claims is the UK's largest "smart" charging facility for electric vehicles (EVs) at its Warwickshire engineering centre, after partnering with charging infrastructure firm NewMotion.

edie.net

20 March 2019
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Solarplicity denies SoLR rumours as it lets 27 meter installers go

Challenger supplier Solarplicity has denied rumours it is about to enter the supplier of last resort (SoLR) process but has confirmed it has let 27 of its meter installers go.

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19 March 2019
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Eon losing customers at an 'alarming rate' as frustrated customers complain energy giant is insisting on smart meters

Eon, one of the Big Six energy suppliers, is losing customers at an 'alarming rate', a new report claims. Of customers that switched provider last month, 21.65 per cent did so from Eon. On the flipside, just 7.07 per cent switched to it. This is a net swing of 14.58 per cent, a snapshot of customer switching habits from Compare the Market shows.

This is money

Robin Hood Energy wins multi-million pound contract to power Nottingham's tram network

NET operator, Nottingham Trams Ltd, which currently buys its energy from a 'Big Six' provider, has agreed a new deal which means from April 1 the company will buy "100 percent green electricity" from the city council-owned energy supplier.

Nottingham Post

'Stop harassing us on Facebook - and pay us £10,000': Outfox the Market's threat in battle with angry customers

Small energy supplier Outfox the Market, mired in serious service issues, is involved in a furious war of words with a band of former customers who have taken to social media to criticise the company

This is money

Ofgem appoints SSE to take on customers of Brilliant Energy

Ofgem has appointed SSE to take on supplying Brilliant Energy’s 17,000 domestic customers. This follows a competitive process run by Ofgem to get the best deal possible for customers. SSE is offering Brilliant Energy’s customers, including those supplied under a ‘white label’ arrangement with Northumbria Energy, a competitive tariff.

Ofgem

12 March 2019
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Heat storage battery pioneer Sunamp signs major agreement with Chinese heating tank manufacturer

The Scottish company behind a ground-breaking heat storage battery has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese firm to create a product for household uses.

Insider

12 March 2019
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Want a new power business? No problem – we’ve already set up 40

Utiligroup is one of the most prolific firms offering what it calls a “supplier in a box” service. It describes itself as the “go-to supplier when organisations want to break into the energy industry”.

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12 March 2019
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OVO invests in energy tech start-up Electron

OVO has invested in energy technology firm Electron, teasing that it is the first in a series of strategic investments. The investment originates from OVO’s newly-formed tech development unit Kaluza which has its purpose in developing software and hardware solutions for OVO’s service suite.

Current News

Ovo acquires minority stake in blockchain firm Electron12 March 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

Ofgem protects customers of failed supplier Brilliant Energy

Brilliant Energy Supply Limited, an energy supplier with about 17,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade. Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Brilliant Energy’s customers, including those supplied under a ‘white label’ arrangement with Northumbria Energy, will continue and the outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected.

Ofgem

Brilliant Energy becomes third supplier to fail in 201911 March 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

Southend Energy to switch supplier

Southend Energy is planning to switch energy supplier and agree a new contract with Robin Hood Energy. There is an agreement in principle for the Robin Hood Energy to take over the operational running of the service sometime between July and September 2019, subject to agreeing a final deal.

Robin Hood Energy

08 March 2019
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Ofgem threatens Avro Energy with customer ban

Ofgem has threatened Avro Energy with a ban from taking on new customers if it has not signed up to a new smart meter wireless network by the end of May.

Energy Voice

Avro Energy in breach of smart meter rollout requirement08 March 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

08 March 2019
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Urgent call for Ofgem to step in after debt collectors contact 130,000 Spark Energy customers

Almost 130,000 Spark Energy customers have been contacted by debt collectors in the wake of its takeover by Ovo Energy, even though many have continued making normal payments and had no idea they owed any money.

MoneySavingExpert

Spark Energy customers ‘confused’ by debt collector contact08 March 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

05 March 2019
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Good Energy to acquire electric vehicle app Zap-Map

Good Energy has taken a 12.9% share in electric vehicle app Zap-Map’s parent company, with an option to take a majority share within two years.

New Power

Good Energy purchases 13% stake in Zap-Map05 March 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

London-based supplier Brilliant Energy enters credit default

Brilliant Energy has entered level two credit default according to balancing and settlement code administrator Elexon. Parties trading on the balancing mechanism are required to post sufficient collateral to cover their outstanding payments in case they go under.

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01 March 2019
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Shell, Limejump and the need for a super-charged energy innovation trajectory

Shell’s addition of flexibility aggregator Limejump to its New Energies stable was yet another signal of intent that, when it comes to the energy transition, the O&G major is not messing around.

Current News

27 February 2019
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SSE pays out £705,000 to regulator Ofgem after misreporting £4m renewable energy payments

The company overstated payments in its Feed-in Tariff (FIT) submissions to low carbon generators because of an administrative error, the company said, causing it to receive the extra cash.

CityAM

SSE pays out £705,000 over feed-in tariff misreporting27 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

26 February 2019
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RWE AG / E.ON SE merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the proposed acquisition by RWE AG of a 16.67% minority stake in E.ON SE.

CMA

CMA launches probe into RWE/Eon deal27 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

27 February 2019
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Shell continues clean energy spending spree with Limejump acquisition

Limejump confirmed the deal this afternoon, claiming that it stood to “super-charge” its business and enable Limejump’s technology and management to support the UK’s clean energy transition.

Current News

26 February 2019
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ScottishPower to spend £2bn in UK this year

From 2018 -2022, ScottishPower will spend £6bn in the UK with 40% on new renewable energy generation, 42% on smarter enhanced networks and 15% on innovative services and products for customers.

Energy Voice

Scottish Power to invest £2bn in clean energy in 201926 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

26 February 2019
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Solarplicity ‘overdue’ accounts prompts industry concern

The accounts for challenger energy provider Solarplicity are listed as “overdue” on the Companies House website, prompting concerns the supplier is in difficulty.

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22 February 2019
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Energy firm Solarplicity banned from taking on new customers

Energy supplier Solarplicity has been banned temporarily from taking on new customers due to its poor switching process and customer service.

BBC

Solarplicity banned from taking on new customers22 February 2019 | Money Saving Expert

22 February 2019
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Co-op Energy signs contract with Home Serve

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21 February 2019
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British Gas owner loses 742,000 customers and issues price cap warning

The owner of British Gas, Centrica, lost about three-quarters of a million customers last year and warned it will take a £300m hit from the government’s price cap on energy bills.

The Guardian

Fall in British Gas profits rattles investors21 February 2019 | The Times | Login required

20 February 2019
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Energy services company Igloo raises over £600,000 on Seedrs

Having received £1m in research and development funding in August 2018 from BEIS and Innovate, Igloo set its funding target on Seedrs at £500,000. However due to high demand, the campaign has raised £606,918, from more than 512 investors across 26 countries.

UKTN

Igloo Energy secures over £600,000 of crowdfunding20 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

18 February 2019
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Centrica sets sights on domestic energy flexibility with new investments

Centrica Innovations, the business unit established two years ago to invest in cutting edge technologies, has today announced investments into home energy management solutions provider GreenCom Networks and smart hot water tech provider Mixergy.

Current News

15 February 2019
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A big warm welcome to Mitsui, our new investor!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce a major development in the life of Tonik Energy and our sister company The Phoenix Works - closing out our latest round of investment with a £13m cash injection. Break out the sustainably-grown champagne!

Tonik Energy

15 February 2019
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EDF Energy loses 200,000 UK customers in 2018

EDF Energy, one of Britain’s big six energy suppliers, lost 200,000 customers in 2018, French parent company EDF said in its group results on Friday.

Reuters

EDF loses 200,000 customers as operating profit drops15 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

14 February 2019
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Mitsubishi buys 20% stake in clean energy challenger OVO Energy

Mitsubishi is to acquire a 20% stake in the Bristol-headquartered firm, the proceeds of which will be used to expand OVO’s presence into new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific.

Current News

Mitsubishi takes 20% stake in Ovo Energy14 February 2019 | Financial Times | Login required

Mitsubishi buys 20 per cent stake in Ovo Energy14 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

13 February 2019
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Victory Energy is back on the cards after Labour and Tories vote together

At full council yesterday the unlikely association amended the budget set by its Liberal Democrat administration to demand the £2.5m that would be lost in the company’s closure become part of council spendings.

Portsmouth News

07 February 2019
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UK first: Bristol Energy trials 'heat as a service'

Government-backed trial means Bristol Energy is now offering households chance to buy a 'Heat Plan' tailored to their individual lifestyle

Business Green

Bristol Energy to sell heat as a service in industry ‘first’07 February 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

06 February 2019
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EO Charging partners Bulb for UK’s ‘first fully open’ EV charging network

Plug In Suffolk, as the programme has been called, is said to be the country’s first fast charging network that allows EV drivers to charge simply through using contactless payments with no need to register or become a member of any organisation.

Current News

05 February 2019
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Sainsbury's Energy to close and switch customers to British Gas

Sainsbury's Energy has stopped taking on new customers and announced that existing customers will have their accounts switched to British Gas in April.

Money Saving Expert

31 January 2019
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Utilita picks up Our Power’s domestic customers

Ofgem has appointed Utilita Energy to take on Our Power’s 31,000 domestic customers under its ‘supplier of last resort’ process after the Scottish energy company ceased trading.

New Power

22 January 2019
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New energy provider launched by Barking and Dagenham Council

Beam Energy, which was launched at Eastbury School in Barking yesterday, is completely green and uses electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels.

Time 1075

London Council launches new green energy supplier31 January 2019 | Energy Live News

Barking and Dagenham Council launches Beam Energy30 January 2019 | Utility Week | Login required

21 January 2019
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Robin Hood Energy applies for overdraft as city council pledges to cover latest debt

The company, which is run on a not-for-profit basis, said it had decided to get an overdraft with its bank "to improve cash-flow", and this required the council - as its parent company - to be guaranteed by the council. It is not known how much the overdraft is worth.

Nottingham Post

27 December 2018
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Bulb energy company targets one million customers as it takes on the ‘big six’

Small energy company Bulb aims to sign up a million customers in 2019, and has its sights on overtaking one of the “big six” energy providers in the next five years, according to the firm’s founder.

iNews

21 December 2018
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Robin Hood Energy given £5.5m Nottingham City Council loan

The energy company owned by the city council has been given an extra £5.5 million loan by the council. Robin Hood Energy (RHE) says it has seen a significant increase in customers in recent weeks, and needs the additional funding in order to ‘future-purchase’ energy.

Nottingham Post

06 December 2018
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Verv lands innogy backing to fund global expansion

Energy giant innogy’s International Middle East (IME) division has invested £500,000 in UK energy tech start-up Verv. London-based Verv has developed an artificial intelligence and blobkchain-enabled smart home hub, which can link to other devices in the home and, ultimately, enable peer-to-peer trading between neighbouring homes.

Current News

29 November 2018
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Duracell partners with Social Energy to launch new UK-based utility

Social Energy is the newest player to arrive on the United Kingdom’s electricity and gas utility scene. It launched last night at an event in London’s city center.

PV Magazine

27 November 2018
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Portsmouth council confirms closure of Victory Energy

A city council has stood by a decision to close its own energy company. Portsmouth City Council's previous Conservative administration approved the contract to set up Victory Energy, but it was yet to go into operation.

BBC

27 November 2018
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OVO takes on Spark Energy’s customers

We are pleased to announce that Ofgem has appointed OVO Energy to take over Spark Energy's 290,000 customer accounts. Through the purchase of the operating company we can ensure that Spark Energy will continue to serve customers through its existing team, with minimal disruption to service.

OVO

Spark Energy acquired by OVO Energy27 November 2018 | Insider

23 November 2018
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Spark Energy Supply ceases trading

An energy supply company with almost 300,000 customers has ceased trading. Spark Energy Supply is part of a gas and electricity firm which employs more than 300 staff at its Selkirk headquarters.

BBC

Spark joins growing list of UK energy suppliers to cease trading23 November 2018 | Financial Times | Login required

29 October 2018
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MONEYPLUS EXPANDS INTO ENERGY WITH E3CREATIVE

Financial service provider MoneyPlus Group have appointed e3creative to strategise, design and build an enterprise digital platform as they enter the energy sector.

E3 Creative

06 September 2018
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Octopus Energy picks up 22,000 more customers with Affect Energy deal

Octopus Energy has secured 22,000 additional customers after completing the purchase of Affect Energy on Friday last week for an undisclosed, seven-figure sum.

Current News

The heat is on for fans of publicly owned energy companies

Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon may be big fans, but the rise of publicly owned energy companies looks like it is faltering in the face of tough market conditions.

The Guardian

17 August 2018
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Bulb lands £60 million investment to strengthen energy tech team

The company has received investment from DST Global and Magnetar, two established international investors, with the funding set to be used to recruit additional engineers and energy experts to strengthen its customer offering.

Current News

Bulb Energy goes up for sale - and could fetch £500m19 August 2018 | The Telegraph | Login required

Bulb receives £60m investment to expand energy team17 August 2018 | Utility Week | Login required

10 August 2018
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Portsmouth council drops own Victory Energy firm

A city council has voted to drop its own energy company at a cost of up to £3.5m. Liberal Democrat-run Portsmouth City Council made the decision at a special cabinet meeting.

BBC

The entrepreneur who started his first business at 18 and now runs a £30m energy company

Barney Cook started his first business straight out of school. He now owns Eversmart Energy, a £30m business and plans to take on the Big Six

MEN

UK Web Media and Energy Helpline to Merge as ‘Super-Comparison’ Site

Backed by a private equity firm, the two comparison specialists will join to become Comparison Technologies, uniting a portfolio of sites to cover energy, broadband, TV and mobile phone providers as competition in the supplier space continues to heat up.

PerformanceIN

25 January 2018
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Ofgem protects Future Energy customers' supplies and credit balances

Future Energy, a regional energy supplier with about 10,000 domestic customers mainly in the north east and Yorkshire, has ceased trading.

Ofgem

‘Socially conscious supplier’ Brighter World Energy cites unsustainable market for closure

Independent energy supplier Brighter World Energy (BWE) has closed its doors, claiming current market conditions are not conducive to a sustainable business model.

Current News

18 October 2017
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London gets 'first not-for-profit energy provider in more than 100 years'

A north London council claims to have launched the capital's first not-for-profit local energy provider in more than a century, saying the new scheme will help the poorest families. Islington Council – which is controlled by Labour – has invested £100,000 in setting up and marketing the company, called Angelic Energy.

The Independent

The little Welsh start-up that's hoping to take on the big energy companies

A Welsh start-up is hoping to take on the big energy companies and become one of Wales’ leading energy suppliers. Independent energy supplier One Wales Energy - Un Ynni Cymru - is launching a new crowdfunding campaign for individual investors as it begins preparing for its initial ’switch on’.

Wales Online

03 December 2016
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The energy market? It's simple economics says 22-year-old Avro boss

The 22-year-old believed to be Britain’s youngest energy boss has insisted that navigating gas and power markets is “simple economics”, amid rising fears over the financial health of start-up suppliers.

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Brighter World Energy Raises £500,000 in Seed Capital to Provide Solar Energy to Africa

Manchester, United Kingdom – Brighter World Energy, a new socially conscious energy company launching in the United Kingdom, announced today that it has completed a £500,000 seed capital round with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank. Brighter World Energy plans to use the funding to ensure consumer power tackles the global energy crisis.

Clearly so