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11 December 2020

Small energy companies 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.
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There are more than 50 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 above 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.’

Neon Reef

Newcomer Neon Reef currently sells one fixed tariff with exit fees. 

Customers can manage their account via app, online account and email. It doesn't provide paper bills and doesn't have a phone line. 

Neon Reef is based in Poole and donates to charity Shark Trust when customers sign up to its Reef 1 tariff.

Northumbria Energy

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.

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 part of Octopus Energy and says it reinvests some of its profits in local community projects.

When it launched in 2018, Qwest Energy was a partnership between Engie and Cheshire West and Chester Council. Octopus Energy bought Engie in January 2020.

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Ram Energy

Derby City Council set up Ram Energy to supply the people of Derby and the Midlands, in partnership with Robin Hood Energy.

Customers are currently being switched to British Gas after Robin Hood Energy was sold to the bigger energy firm in September 2020. If you're with Ram Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers and promised that you will be offered a tariff no more expensive than your current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

Roar Power

Roar Power provides gas and electricity to homes in Norwich and the east of England and is part of Octopus Energy

Originally it was a partnership between Norwich City Council and Engie, which was bought by Octopus Energy in January 2020.

It reinvests some of its profits in local community projects.

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 set up by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in partnership with Ovo Energy and then Robin Hood Energy.

Customers are currently being switched to British Gas after Robin Hood Energy was sold to the bigger energy firm in September 2020. If you're with Southend Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers and promised that you will be offered a tariff no more expensive than your current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

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.

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

White Rose Energy

White Rose Energy was a not-for-profit energy provider for people living in Yorkshire, set up as a partnership between Leeds City Council and Robin Hood Energy.

Customers are currently being switched to British Gas after Robin Hood Energy was sold to the bigger energy firm in September 2020. If you're with White Rose Energy, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers and promised that you will be offered a tariff no more expensive than your current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

Yorkshire Energy

This Leeds-based supplier launched in May 2018 but stopped trading on 2nd December 2020.

If you're one of its 74,000 customers, you were moved to Scottish Power on 6th December 2020. Energy regulator Ofgem chose Scottish Power in a competitive process and says it is offering customers a 'competitive tariff'.

Scottish Power should contact you in the coming days and your account will be fully set up 'over the coming weeks', according to Ofgem. When you have heard from Scottish Power you can switch, if you wish. You won't be charged exit fees. Find out what customers think of Scottish Power.

Use Which? Switch to find the best gas and electricity deal for you.

If you were in credit to Yorkshire Energy, your balance will be protected. If Yorkshire Energy owed you money, even if you switched to another supplier, Scottish Power will honour this.

If you were in debt to Yorkshire Energy, either Scottish Power of Yorkshire Energy's administrators will contact you.

Know your rights when your energy supplier goes bust.

Your Energy Sussex

Sussex Councils originally set up this not-for-profit energy firm with Robin Hood Energy

Customers are currently being switched to British Gas after Robin Hood Energy was sold to the bigger energy firm in September 2020. If you're with Your Energy Sussex, the switch will happen with no interruption to your energy supply.

British Gas has said it will be in touch with affected customers and promised that you will be offered a tariff no more expensive than your current deal.

If you don't want to stay with British Gas, you can switch away, but you should wait until the move to British Gas has been completed to avoid complications.

If you are on a fixed-rate deal, British Gas will apply the same fixed rates until the end of your agreed term; however, if you switch away before the end of this term, any exit fees on your existing deal will still apply.

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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