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By Sarah Ingrams
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Extra Energy launched in 2014 and offered some of the cheapest fixed deals on the market. It went bust in November 2018 and Scottish Power took on its customers.
Extra Energy stopped trading on 21 November 2018. Energy regulator Ofgem appointed Scottish Power to take on Extra’s 108,000 domestic customers from 25 November.
Scottish Power will offer a ‘competitive tariff’ to Extra Energy’s customers, according to Ofgem. If you’re one of them, scroll down to find out what you should do.
Extra Energy was based in Birmingham and said its aim was to give customers a great deal for their energy. Plus it promised to use plain English in its dealings with customers.
Find out how Extra Energy's prices compared with the best deals on the market by using Which? Switch to compare gas and electricity tariffs.
Extra Energy customer score
Extra Energy came 29th out of 31 energy companies rated by 8,761 members of the public in the annual Which? customer survey.
Only Spark Energy and Npower are rated worse by their customers.
Extra Energy customer
‘I am on a deal which is cheaper than before but I still do not understand it very well.’
Extra Energy score breakdown
The graphic below shows the breakdown of Extra Energy’s score from our latest survey.
Scroll down for the full Which? verdict on Extra Energy, including how it compares with other energy companies on complaints handling.
Find out how Extra Energy compares with other energy companies – click to see the full results of the best and worst energy companies.
Which? verdict on Extra Energy
Extra Energy’s overall customer score of 49% is lower than the average (which is 55%). This is the second year in a row it has finished among the bottom three energy suppliers in our survey.
A third of Extra Energy’s customers say it’s poor at handling complaints – and they’d be right. It resolved fewer than half of the complaints it received on the same or next working day in the first half of 2017. The best firms manage 75% or more.
Extra Energy customer
‘It took over a year to resolve my initial problem and during that time there was a complete lack of communication, I had to go to the Ombudsman and even then there were excessive delays.’
A quarter of its customers also ranked its online customer service as poor. It offers neither live chat nor email contact. So customers have to phone to resolve queries.
Our snapshot investigation into energy companies customer waiting times found that Extra Energy took 3min 1sec, on average, to put us through to a human when we phoned customer services.
That’s more than 20 minutes faster than some (Spark took more than 27min average), but not as speedy as the six small energy suppliers which manged to pick up the phone to customers in less than a minute.
Extra Energy customer
‘It was very exhausting, time-consuming and difficult to get hold of the correct people. Their telephone opening times are only within working hours.’
Extra Energy does offer some cheap deals, though.
Pros: Offers some competitive tariffs
Cons: Poor at handling complaints
Extra Energy electricity sources
Extra Energy in the news
November: Extra Energy stopped trading. Ofgem chose Scottish Power to take on its customers from 25 November. If you’re one of them, sit tight, don’t switch and wait until Scottish Power contacts you in the next couple of weeks. In the mean time you should take a meter reading.
Ofgem says that Extra Energy’s customers will be given a ‘competitive tariff’ but the price of it isn’t clear yet. So make sure you compare gas and electricity prices and, when Scottish Power contacts you, ask to be put on its cheapest deal, or switch to another supplier. You won’t be charged exit fees.
Your gas and electricity supply won’t be affected. If you were in credit to Extra Energy, your balance will be used to pay for your future energy use. If Extra Energy owed you money and you have switched supplier, Scottish Power will contact you.
July: industry watchdog Ofgem opened an investigation into whether Extra Energy had broken rules about billing, customer service and complaints handling. This investigation is still ongoing.
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