Avro Energy started trading in December 2015 from its Warwickshire base but closed in September 2021.
It had 580,000 customers, meaning it supplied around 2% of all homes. If you were one of them, Octopus Energy is your new supplier. It was chosen by Ofgem (the energy regulator).
If you had credit with Avro Energy, or were owed money by it, this will be protected.
Octopus Energy says it will contact customers within 48 hours (from the evening of 27th September) to tell them what happens next. You will be transferred onto Octopus' systems over the next few weeks.
Your new tariff will be Flexible Octopus, priced around £10 below the price cap. Once you have been switched to Octopus you can choose to switch to another supplier, if you wish. There are no exit fees.
If you already switched away from Avro Energy and have credit or debt with it, Octopus Energy says it will contact you in the next four weeks.
Avro Energy came 3rd out of 25 energy companies rated by 7,460 members of the public.
Its performance improved since the previous year when it came joint 16th out of 35 companies rated. Despite the cheap deals it offered, however, it didn't achieve the highest rating of five stars for value for money. Keep reading to find out how it fared in other areas.
Great customer service.
It genuinely saves me money on my energy bills.
The graphic below shows the breakdown of its score in our latest survey.
Scroll down to read our verdict on Avro Energy, plus who its tariffs were suitable for.
Avro Energy’s customer score was among the best and it gets good ratings across the board.
The company offered tariffs for customers who want to manage their energy account online and pay by direct debit or through a prepayment meter.
Customers rated its billing highly, with the maximum five out of five stars for accuracy and four stars for clarity. One customer said they thought the firm's bills were 'easy to understand', while another said 'it accurately reflects my energy usage'.
It also received a respectable four out of five stars for complaints handling and value for money. Value for money was particularly impressive, with 88% of Avro's customers rating it 'excellent' or 'good' in this area, compared with 71% on average across all companies included.
When cheaper deals have come out I've been able to switch deals with no issues.
My only interaction was during the switch to Avro and it was the smoothest switch I have ever had with a fuel supplier.
It received four stars overall for customer service, too, however there were some negative comments. One customer told us it took a 'long time replying', while another said 'its phones just ring and ring'. But some of the more positive reflections included 'great service' and 'issues are dealt with quickly and resolved'.
Avro was the among the companies with the highest proportion of customers who hadn't experienced any problems in the previous 12 months, at 89%.
In our snapshot investigation into energy companies’ waiting times in September 2020, Avro took 18 minutes 46 seconds on average to answer our calls, far slower than the median pick-up time of just under 6 minutes (5 minutes 57 seconds) for all 31 energy companies we called. However, there were six companies that were even slower, including PAYG provider Boost, which averaged wait times of over 40 minutes.
If you don't want to wait on hold, try Avro's email. Here it was the third fastest of the 12 firms we contacted using this method, responding in 1 hour 57 seconds on average.
Pros: Offers competitive tariffs
Cons: Slow to answer calls in our snapshot investigation
Avro Energy has not published its fuel mix yet.
September: Avro Energy stopped trading, Ofgem announced. Octopus Energy was chosen as the new supplier.
June: Ofgem confirmed that Avro became a Data Communications Company (DCC) user, and so the ban on it taking on new customers was lifted.
April: Avro was banned from taking on new customers from 26 May until it became a DCC user, Ofgem announced.
The regulator said it was ‘not confident’ that Avro would voluntarily become a DCC user without a final order compelling it to do so.
Until it became a DCC user, customers with second-generation smart meters saw them stop being smart when they switched to Avro.
Avro had until 25 July to become a DCC user.
March: Ofgem ordered Avro Energy to become a user of the Data Communications Company (DCC), which is the central system that'll allow smart meters to work with any supplier if customers switch. To ensure that it does, Ofgem consulted on whether to issue a final order banning Avro from taking on new customers until it’s a DCC user.