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Over 530,000 consumers switched supplier in March

Switching is above 1.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.
The latest electricity switching figures, released by Energy UK today, show over half a million consumers (536,658) have switched electricity supplier in March. This is an increase of 13 per cent on last March and takes switching in 2017 to over 1.3 million consumers. 
Last month consumers switching from larger to small and mid-tier suppliers represented a quarter of all switches (27 per cent) reaching just over 145,000.
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said:
“1.3m consumers switching already this year is further demonstration of competition in action in the retail market. Competition is driving up standards, innovation and investment as suppliers compete to keep and attract new customers. There has never been a better time to check you are on the best deal for you – and the Energy Switch Guarantee gives consumers extra confidence the process will be simple, speedy and safe.”
Notes to editors
  • To see the latest monthly switching stats, please visit Energy UK’s website.
  • Around 70 per cent of the market are signatories of the Guarantee. This includes: British Gas, Bulb Energy E.ON, EDF Energy, First Utility, Flow Energy, npower, Octopus Energy, Sainsbury’s Energy, So Energy and Tonik Energy. For more information about the Guarantee:
  • The switching data is supplied by Electralink who provides a secure service to transfer data between the electricity market participants. The company operates the Data Transfer Network (DTN) which underpins customer switching, meter interoperability and other business processes critical to a competitive electricity market.
  • The data referenced in these reports is since our collection of data only and is for electricity only. These figures include both domestic & non-domestic customers.
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