I have long held the opinion that in the jungle of electricity/gas suppliers- the only real difference is the masthead on the invoice. The network of pipes and cable that supply to you are owned and operated by National Grid. The generators and shippers supply to the grid, the consumer suppliers simply exist to write invoices and make cockups. Even our meters are read by outsourced contractors and the pipeline work is contracted to the doers. On the one o'clock BBC news today in a piece about energy supply and prices-there was a quick flash of an invoice line printer in action. As the continuous stationery flowed past the camera I counted at least SIX different supplier logo's So assuming therefore that We were being shown an 'Outsource' data processor. exactly what is an energy 'supplier' ?
Jack Just the same as all the other middlemen, they buy from the wholesalers and sell to the consumer. before denationalisation, the area boards acted as the middlemen, now private companies operate in the same role, and in the process make profits for shareholders.Whereas before they were making profits for the government. It was stated on one on the news programmes a short while ago that the average difference between suppliers was only about £13per year