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British Gas

About British Gas

British gas is a well established and renowned energy company supplying millions of homes and over 900,000 businesses with electricity and gas all over Great Britain.

British Gas is part of the multinational Centrica company who invest over £1.5 billion in renewable projects to increase the availability of sustainable sources of energy for the future.

British Gas for Business

British Gas provides fixed price contracts to ensure your business is not caught up in the unsettled energy price market.

These fixed rates will stay with you for the duration of your contract regardless of how the markets fluctuate. This gives customers piece of mind enabling them to budget for the rest of their business without worrying about increasing costs.

British Gas Business Services

British Gas provides a number of services; these include electricity, gas, installing and the maintenance of gas appliances and central heating.

British Gas provides a support team available to help with any queries. With call centres based in the UK, these experts provide a service to make your life convenient.

There are discounts available for those who have online accounts with paperless bills and those who pay via direct debit.

British Gas also provides discounts for ‘duel fuel’ customers.

British Gas provides their customers with free energy efficiency advice. Being energy efficient not only saves your business money but also helps to waste less.

Where British Gas Energy comes from (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
25.8 47.7 18 6.6 1.9


CO2 emissions per kg/kWh: 0.410

Radioactive waste per g/kWh: 0.0018

Eco Friendly British Gas

All major energy suppliers have a responsibility to play their part in developing ideas for a sustainable future.

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas invests in 6 developments for offshore wind farms, at present; one is up and running and there are 2 on shore wind farms which are functioning. Projects also include various forms of sustainable sources such as wind, landfill gas and biomass generation. Power purchase agreements mean that the amount of green electricity purchased by British Gas will increase.

British Gas not only invests in big developments and offer advice to customers but also lead by example. They saved 46 tonnes of CO2 by adjusting their air conditioning system and by turning computers off from the base they are saving even more energy. Doing things like this can help all businesses save money and sustain the environment.

Contact Detail For British Gas

  • British Gas
  • PO Box 3055
  • Eastbourne
  • BN21 9FE
  • 0800 316 4245

EDF Energy

About EDF Energy

EDF Energy now one of the largest companies to supply energy and has been around since 2003 but is a collaboration of a number of other companies- London Electricity, SWEB Energy, Seaboard Energy, and Virgin Home Energy which have been around for much longer.

EDF Energy is a well-established energy provider and supplies gas and electricity to millions of people around the country.

EDF energy prides itself in being the largest producer of low carbon electricity.

In the UK, EDF operates 8 nuclear power stations as well as running wind farms and trading energy in line with its demand.

EDF for Business

There are 2 contracts to choose from for small to medium businesses; these are a ‘ Business Electricity Saver ’ contract and ‘ Business Electricity Renewable ’ contract.

Both contracts offer different lengths of contracts with fixed prices for the agreed length of contract. There are a range of tariffs at competitive prices.

A business electricity Renewable contract allows your business to take advantage of renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectricity. Due to the fact that this energy comes from low carbon generators, it is free from the Climate Change Levy (the tax applicable for energy use in industrial and commercial settings and most business sectors.)

There are also flexible options for larger businesses.

EDF Business Services

The contracts range from a minimum of 12 month to 3 years.

There is a 2% discount when monthly direct debit is used to pay your bill.

There is energy efficiency advice available to customers for free.

Being on a contract means that you are eligible for fixed prices, therefore excluding you from the fluctuating price market. And once your contract comes to an end there is an automatic price review.

Bigger businesses can take advantage of flexible contracts which enables them to budget better.

Where EDF Energy comes from (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
46 14 33 4 3


CO2 emissions per kg/kWh: 0.555

Radioactive waste per g/kWh: 0.0017

Eco Friendly EDF

EDF Energy aims to invest and produce approximately 1,000 MW of renewable energy in the next 5 years.

EDF own 2 wind farms which run onshore and are in the processes of developing an offshore wind farm.

EDF Energy also invests money in Marine Current Turbines which are like wind turbines but they are underwater and it is the currents underwater that turn the blades.

EDF have a nature reserve and provide educational centres for locals. They also restore or offset land to make up for the land they use in the building of their power stations.

Contact Detail For EDF

  • EDF Energy
  • 40 Grosvenor Place
  • Victoria
  • London SW1X 7EN
  • 0800 096 2255

Scottish and Southern Energy

About Scottish and Southern Energy

Scottish and Southern Energy is made up of 4 companies- Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro, SWALEC (in Wales)and Airtricity (in Ireland) serves around 5 million customers and around 500,000 businesses with gas and electricity around the country.

Scottish and Southern Energy boasts about its great customer service with its 100 offices located all over the country meaning its employees offer a wide variety of skills and expertise.

Scottish and Southern Energy claims to be the largest generator of renewable energy in the UK. The renewable energy comes from Wind, Small Scale Hydro and Biomass. There are wind farms off and onshore which are currently under development and more research for technologies which will be beneficial in the near future.

Scottish and Southern Energy for Business

Scottish and Southern Energy offer contracts at 12, 24 or 36 months with fixed prices. These rates include all elements apart from the Climate Change Levy and VAT

Fixed Price Contracts (Energy Only) have a fixed energy part depending on the energy market when the contract is signed but the cost for the transmission through the National Grid and distribution networks is charged as it falls.

There are also contracts which are available which are flexible and are not fixed but instead are paid dependent on how the market fluctuates. These types of contracts are usually more suitable to larger businesses.

Flexible Supply Contracts-many SSE Large business customers already take advantage of the flexible contracts. Baseloads and load patterns are calculated to form the costs. The load pattern periods have a cost agreed and fixed and then you choose the when to purchase the base periods.

Scottish and Southern Energy Business Services

Fixed term or flexible contracts are available.

Scottish and Southern Energy have a Business Energy Siteworks team. This allows a service where should you require new infrastructure, a new energy supply or metering upgrades, there is a team available to assist you from start to finish. The team has expertise in: New meter connections and reconnections, Infrastructure installation, Meter upgrade or downgrade, Meter relocation, Removal of redundant meters, Electricity and gas supply contract suitable to your needs.

Scottish and Southern Energy provide services to make the management of your account easier, access to half-hourly energy usage data and bills can be seen online. If a more detailed analysis is required it can be also be downloaded online.

Where Scottish and Southern Electricity comes from (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
29.5 57.3 4.1 7.5 1.6

Eco Friendly Scottish and Southern Energy

Scottish and Southern Energy own over 60 hydro electric power stations and have invested millions of pounds to refurbish them. They also aim to build a conventional hydro electric power station, which will be the second largest in the UK.

Scottish and Southern Energy own 4 wind farms and have a large scale hydro plant.

Qualifying Combined Heat and Power is exempt from the Climate Change Levy due to the fact that it makes heat and electricity from one source and cuts down on CO2 emission

Contact Detail For Scottish and Southern Energy

  • 10 Winchester Road
  • Basingstoke
  • Hampshire
  • RG21 8ZU
  • 08450 700 993

E.ON Energy

About E.ON Energy

E.ON Energy (previously known as Powergen) is one of the leading suppliers in the power and energy industry as well as now being at the forefront of green development initiatives in the UK.

E.ON Energy generates and distributes electricity and gas all over the country for homes and businesses, whilst at the same time developing and operating wind farms throughout the UK.

E.ON provides a number of services for their customers at home, some of which include installing and the maintenance of boilers and central heating/

E.ON offers earnings for those that possess a Tesco Clubcard.

E.ON For Business

E.ON already supplies over 500,000 businesses with electricity and gas.

E.ON offers contracts, where the start and end date are flexible, to help suit your business needs.

Businesses with consumption levels below 100,000 kWh a year usually see contracts such as fixed price yearly or three year contracts.

Fixed prices are provided through out your contract period.

The EasyGreen Tariff is available for business users. This offers a mixture of renewable and non renewable energy. The EasyGreen Tariff is based on a fixed one year contract. You can find out more about this below, under the subheading-EasyGreen Business.

E.ON’s business services

E.ON Energy offers a hassle free service by allowing customers to manage their accounts online.

E.ON can help with any queries including understanding your account and bills as well as giving advice concerning your meter.

E.ON also has an Energy Tracker so you can keep up to date with your energy consumption.

E.ON being focused on energy conservation has a guide to help your business to increase energy efficiency and cut on your energy costs.

Energy is derived from a number of sources. Below is a table showing how much energy is acquired from each source.

Where E.ON energy comes from (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
56.2 33.3 8 0.5 2


CO2 emissions per kg/kWh: 0.642

Radioactive Waste per g/kWh: 0.001

Eco friendly E.ON

Since 1992 E.ON has been involved in developing green initiatives such as producing wind energy; they now have 21 wind farms located throughout the country. E.ON is also a partner in the London Array, which is an offshore wind farm; the largest in the world.

Another green development E.ON is committed to, is the building of biomass power stations and wave power devices.

E.ON provides local communities with employment opportunities, and therefore income. They also create a pocket of tourism and provide educational benefits.

E.ON encourages its employees to enter the voluntary sector, working with a variety of people, in schools, and with older and vulnerable people as part of their wider community relations programme.

EasyGreen Business

EasyGreen comes from existing generation and is part of E.Ons Renewable Obligation.

EasyGreen comes on a one year fixed contract.

The contract requires monthly payments by a Fixed Monthly Direct Debit.

EasyGreen is available to your business provided you have a Meter Profile Class of 03-04.

It is not available:

  • For those with Electricity Meter Profile Classes 05-08 and 00.
  • Or for businesses with more than 20 sites.
  • Or for those that use over 55 kWh of electricity a year (unless there is less than 10 employees) and a turnover of less than 2 million Euros a year.

Where E.ON’s EasyGreen energy comes from %:

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
33.7 54 7.2 1.4 3.7

This goes towards creating renewable energy sources in countries such as India, China and Brazil

Contact details for E.ON Energy

  • E.ON Energy
  • PO Box 7750
  • Nottingham
  • NG1 6WR
  • 0800 955 955


About Npower

Npower, awarded Supplier of the year twice is 2010, is one of the UK’s top energy suppliers, providing electricity and gas to over 5 million homes around the country and is the energy provider to over 10,000 businesses.

Npower For Business

Npower aims to help businesses to save money by becoming more energy efficient.

Npower offers a choice of tariffs, including multirate tariffs which are based on your portfolio and the consumption on your meter, or fixed tariffs.

Npower helps to secure energy prices for your contract with their PowerFix service so you are not affected by the fluctuating market. And they offer a range of 12, 24, and 36 month contracts.

NPower offers many tools online to help your business; these include the likes of Energy Assist and Encompass. These tools are designed to help you to manage your energy usage and carbon emissions.

Npower offer a SmartStart package to help businesses reduce the amount of energy they consume and to help them lower their carbon emissions.

Npower’s Business Services

NPower has call centres based in the UK with dedicated support teams that will assist you during your time with them.

NPower offer free energy efficiency advice which will help your business to save money.

NPower also provides a meter reading service.

Where Npower Energy Comes From (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
46 35 13 3 3


CO2 emissions per kg/kWh: 0.558

Radioactive Waste per g/kWh: 0.00159

Eco Friendly NPower

NPower offers lots of advice to help businesses to become more energy efficient.

NPower have an Energy Audit and a Carbon footprint calculator for customers to help with them start to be greener.

NPower is also focused on green indicatives and supports the generating of energy from sustainable alternatives. nPower’s renewable power is sourced from on and offshore wind farms, hydro and solar photo-voltaic sources.

NPower offer Good Quality Combined Heat and Power (GQCHP) this captures heat from generators which would have been wasted and turns it into steam or hot water for use in buildings creating a secondary use of the source, reducing waste and lowering carbon emissions.

NPower offers businesses the opportunity to invest in renewable energy projects which can be beneficial not only to the environment but the business itself.

Contact Details For NPower Energy

  • Npower
  • PO Box 93
  • Tyne House
  • Birchwood Drive
  • Peterlee
  • SR8 2XX
  • 0845 071 4502

Scottish Power

Scottish Power

Scottish Power and Manweb merged many years ago to form one of the leading energy suppliers in today’s market.

Scottish Power supplies gas and electricity millions of homes and businesses in the UK.

Scottish Power For Business

Small businesses

Contracts for both gas and electricity have fixed prices for the period of your contract.

There is a choice of long term and short term contracts.

Discounts could be available for those who pay by monthly direct debits.

Large businesses

For large businesses, Scottish power offers contracts best suited for your business enabling you to be in control of how much energy you require and when you want it.

Green Source energy includes energy from wind, hydro, and biomass can be combined with you supply contract.

SP Dataservice Ltd helps energy companies to generate accurate energy bills. They also provide carbon emission readings. Online, Dataservice offers up-to-date data for your meter every half an hour.

Business Services

Scottish Power has an Online Energy Service, which you can register for and it is a secure and straight forward way for you to manage your account.

The benefits of having this Service include being able to update details, view and pay your bills, and see the energy use of your business.

Scottish Power provides energy advisers and guides online which provide businesses with ways to save energy and money.

Large businesses

Other services Scottish Power provide for large businesses are help with identifying excessive energy use and help to stay in line with the new CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme reporting requirements.

Scottish Power offers an energy manager; this expert is fully aware of the ins and out of energy in your businesses sector. This professional can help you to achieve your business goals by developing ways to achieve them. By using energy responsibly your business can save money and reduce its carbon.

Where Scottish Power energy comes from (%)

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewable Other
47.7 41.1 4.1 5.9 1.2


CO2 emissions per kg/kWh: 0.590

Radioactive Waste per g/kWh: 0.0005

Eco Friendly Scottish Power

Scottish Power is a part of Iberdrola Group which is one of the largest energy companies in the world.

The Iberdrola Group is also a world leader in field of renewable energy; therefore it is in Scottish Power’s nature to also focus on sustainable development.

Manweb carries out a lot of research on renewable energy sources and Scottish Power is in ownership of hydro-electric farms which are a widely used source of renewable energy and wind farms around the country.

Contact details for Scottish Power:

  • Manweb House
  • Kingsfield Court
  • Chester Business Park
  • CH4 9RF
  • 0845 030 4053
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RWE npower announces sale of subsidiaries to Utility Warehouse.

• Deal enhances competition in the domestic energy supply market; Npower Limited will sell Electricity Plus and Gas Plus subsidiaries to Telecom Plus by share sale for £218m• On completion, over 770,000 customer accounts will cease to be included by npower within its reported customer numbers. However, these customers will see no change in their service or contracts, and will continue to be sup

20th November 2013