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Small energy companies N-Z

By Sarah Ingrams

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Other energy brands N-Z

Looking for greener electricity, a cheaper price or a more personal service? Find out more about smaller energy companies, listed alphabetically from N-Z.

There are more than 70 energy companies to choose between in England, Scotland and Wales. Yet less than a quarter of us have switched to them and away from the biggest six companies.

If you're considering a new supplier – perhaps a cheap one that has caught your eye – here's an introduction to every small energy supplier in Great Britain to help you decide. Click on a company’s name below to skip to its profile.

Firm not listed here? Check our other energy brands guide for companies we’ve reviewed. If you live in Northern Ireland, find out how Northern Ireland gas and electricity firms match up.

Nabuh Energy 

Sheffield-based Nabuh Energy says it focuses on the latest technology to keep its prices down. It offers fixed deals for customers with prepayment meters or who pay by direct debit and doesn’t charge exit fees.

In October 2018 it bought all of Snowdrop Energy's customers.

National Gas 

Previously known as British Natural Gas, this small supplier is not to be confused with Britain’s biggest supplier, British Gas. It sells only gas and says it aims to make energy more affordable.

Neo Energy

Neo Energy was launched in early 2020 and is owned by Euston Energy.

It offered free electricity during the months of June and July to customers signing up between 11 April and 30 April 2020.

It is the world’s first energy supplier to allow customers to pay with cryptocurrency.

Some industry experts have raised questions over the financial sustainability of the company for offering its customers free energy. However Neo Energy’s CEO said ‘there are so many additional risks running an energy company and it’s just another one.’

Northumbria Energy 

Newcomer Northumbria Energy says it provides ‘first class customer service’ and guaranteed savings on your electricity bill.

It stopped accepting customers for a short period last year.

Omni Energy 

This newcomer says it’s ‘making prepayment better’ and offers one tariff which you manage via a smartphone app.

Yorkshire based Omni Energy says it sells 100% green electricity.

Orbit Energy 

Orbit Energy promises customers its best rate whenever they switch or renew their tariff. It says this is because Shell supplies its electricity and gas so it can get ‘secure, competitively-priced’ energy.

Customers must manage their account online.

Peterborough Energy 

Peterborough Energy was a partnership between Ovo Energy and Peterborough City Council. The council owned the firm while Ovo Energy helped manage and administer it.

The partnership has now ended and customers are being contacted about their options.

PFP Energy 

PFP Energy launched in 2015 and says it makes energy simple, offering one fixed, one variable gas and electricity tariff and a prepayment tariff.

Originally it was a not-for-profit supplier but split from its partner Places for People, which manages leisure centres and homes, in 2016.

Qwest Energy 

Qwest Energy is a partnership between Engie and Cheshire West and Chester Council to supply people who live in the area. It launched in autumn 2018, selling only 100% renewable electricity and promising to invest some of its profits in the local community.

Octopus Energy bought Engie in January 2020.

Ram Energy 

Derby City Council set up Ram Energy to supply the people of Derby and the Midlands. It says the aim is to provide cheaper tariffs and make it easy to switch.

Ram Energy is a partnership with Robin Hood Energy and is not-for-profit.

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Roar Power 

Roar Power provides gas and electricity only to homes in Norwich and the east of England. It’s a partnership between Norwich City Council and Engie, which was recently taken over by Octopus Energy.

Its tariffs include options for renewable electricity and paying an increased rate to support the local community. Roar Power says it redistributes your contribution to help those in fuel poverty.

Sainsbury's Energy 

Sainsbury’s Energy is a partnership between the supermarket and Powershop – a small energy firm owned by Npower

Npower supplies gas and electricity to customers’ homes. But the Sainsbury’s Energy website, customer service and bills use the same systems as Powershop.

Customers can manage their account online or via a mobile app. You’ll earn Nectar points for switching. Plus your electricity use will be matched with that generated from renewable sources.

Until April 2019, Sainsbury’s Energy was a partnership with British Gas. When it ended, customers were switched to British Gas.

Scottish Hydro 

Scottish Hydro is a trading name of SSE. SSE customers are now owned by Ovo Energy.

Formed in 1989 as a public electricity supplier that covered the north of Scotland, it merged with Southern Electric in 1998 to create SSE.

You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Southend Energy 

Southend Energy was a partnership between Ovo Energy and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The council owned the firm while Ovo Energy helped manage and administer it.

The partnership has now ended and customers are being contacted about their options.

Southern Electric 

Southern Electric is a trading name of SSE. SSE customers are now owned by Ovo Energy.

SSE was originally formed when Southern Electric merged with Scottish Hydro in 1998. You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Swalec 

Swalec is is a trading name of SSE. SSE customers are now owned by Ovo Energy.

It was formerly known as South Wales Electric Company and began to supply gas in 1997, after the deregulation of the UK’s gas markets. SSE bought the company in 2000.

You can find out more about SSE and what its customers think of it in our full SSE review.

Symbio Energy 

This new supplier claimed (in January 2020) it had the lowest electricity prices in the UK for the previous two months. It says its tariffs have no tie-ins or penalties and it uses the latest software to minimise staff costs.

Customers pay by direct debit only and Symbio Energy takes payment in advance. You have to manage your online account online.

Toto Energy 

Toto Energy stopped trading on 23 October 2019 and its 134,000 customers were moved to EDF Energy. Many customers will see a price drop, Ofgem says. Plus credit balances will be honoured.

EDF Energy will contact customers about the change and their new tariffs. When EDF contacts you, ask to be put on its cheapest deal or compare gas and electricity prices. If you switch to another supplier you won’t be charged exit fees.

If you were in debt to Toto Energy, you will still need to pay this back.

If you want to switch, following our simple guide to energy switching.

White Rose Energy 

White Rose Energy is a not-for-profit energy provider for people living in Yorkshire. Set up by Leeds City Council and Robin Hood Energy, it claims to offer competitive tariffs year-round and fairer prices to pre-payment customers, which it says it helps move onto credit-based payments.

It also says it gives discounts if you opt for online bills.

Yorkshire Energy 

This Leeds-based supplier launched in May 2018 but you can sign-up as a customer regardless of where you live. It says it strives to keep things ‘clear, simple and real’ for customers and both its fixed and variable tariffs are backed by 100% renewable electricity.

Your Energy Sussex 

Sussex Councils own this not-for-profit energy firm, backed by Robin Hood Energy. It claims to offer competitive energy prices to local residents and uses profits to help local people who struggle to pay their bills. 

It also supports local projects to install solar panels on homes and sells 100% renewable electricity..

Zebra Power 

Zebra Power is a British-owned energy firm launched in spring 2017. It says it aims to offer fair prices, exceptional customer service, and offers a fixed and variable tariff.

Zog Energy 

Only providing gas, Zog Energy offers five tariffs, each of which has a different standing charge and unit rate. Some of them have exit fees, of up to £30.

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