Energy newcomer launches two 'competitive' tariffsNew energy company Ovo enters market
15 September 2009
New energy company Ovo Energy is taking on the big energy suppliers with two competitive energy tariffs, including one it claims is 'the greenest standard dual fuel tariff' in the market.
Ovo says it's able to offer 'great value' plans by passing on the savings it makes by using more efficient technology directly to its customers.
The gas and electricity prices you pay with the Ovo new energy and green energy plans are fixed for 12 months, after which time you can choose to fix prices again or move on to a variable rate.
Ovo says if it doesn't hear from a customer after a 12 month fixed term comes to an end, they will 'automatically be moved to the cheapest available variable rate Ovo offers at that time.'
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Ovo dual fuel energy tariffs
Ovo new energy plan
This tariff fixes the price you pay for gas and electricity for 12 months. Customers pay by monthly direct debit and receive paperless billing via email. Ovo also claims that 15% of the electricity is from renewable sources.
Up until last week, when First:Utility's iSave tariff was launched, the new energy plan was the cheapest dual fuel tariff on the market.
Ovo green energy plan
The green energy plan works in the same way as the new energy plan, but claims to provide 100% green electricity. It's more expensive, but Ovo says 'it's still better value than a lot of other standard tariffs.'
With smaller energy companies like Ovo Energy and First:utility offering good value options for customers, the spotlight is on how the 'big six' energy companies - British Gas, Eon, Npower, Scottish & Southern Energy, Scottish Power and EDF Energy - will respond.
According to Alison Morrison of Which? Switch, Which?'s energy comparison and switching service: 'It is good to see a new supplier enter the energy market, particularly when they are so competitive on price. We hope this encourages other energy companies to review their prices.
'In the meantime, customers should also be reviewing how much they currently pay for their gas and electricity, particularly as we are about to enter the cold winter months.'
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