What happened to Yorkshire Energy?

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Yorkshire Energy ceased trading in 2020. Ofgem, the energy regulator, deemed Scottish Power to take over energy supply for Yorkshire Energy customers. If you were a Yorkshire customer, you likely have questions around your meter readings, final bill, and payments.
Last update: November 2022

We’ve provided information on what you need to know about Yorkshire, as well as information around Scottish Power, including their plans and tariffs. If you are unhappy with this transfer, we can help you figure out which supplier is a better match for you and help you make the switch. But first, let’s go through in more detail…

The company pledged to offer high quality customer service, green energy and competitive pricing. They were an energy supplier that promised to put the ‘Planet before profit’ by focusing on renewable electricity sources and keeping emissions to a minimum. Reviews for Yorkshire Energy were generally positive. The company had an average score of 4.1 out of 5 on Trustpilot, with 69% of customers rating the supplier as ‘Excellent’. As of 6th December 2020, all customers signed up for Yorkshire Energy tariffs were automatically be transferred over to Scottish Power. However, while Yorkshire Energy was popular with customers, it didn’t manage to get a good foothold in the market and ceased trading in December 2020.

Who was Yorkshire Energy?

Their tariffs were clear and simple to understand and their bills transparent, showing customers exactly where their money goes. This makes it easy to find the plan that’s right for you. The company also had a commitment to the environment with 100% green, renewable energy with all tariffs.

They stated that, rather than being the biggest energy provider, it wanted to be the best. Though based in Leeds, they served homes and businesses across the UK. This means that you can sign up to their services wherever you live in the country. They offer both electricity only and dual fuel tariffs.

Who took over Yorkshire Energy?

At the time it ceased trading, Yorkshire Energy had around 74,000 customers. The company wasn’t bought by another supplier, instead, it was unable to continue trading in the current economic climate.

Ofgem appointed Scottish Power to take over Yorkshire Energy customers. If you got your gas or electricity supply from them, you’ll automatically receive a Scottish Power tariff instead.

When will I be switched from Yorkshire Energy to Scottish Power?

If you were a Yorkshire Energy customer, you will already have been switched over to Scottish Power. All customers were moved over to the new supplier on 6th December 2020.

Will I be on a different contract with Scottish Power? Will I pay more?

Scottish Power will move all Yorkshire Energy customers onto new tariffs. The supplier will get in touch with you soon to let you know the details of your tariff. If you’re not happy with the deal they offer you, you can ask to be switched to a new tariff and won’t be charged any exit fees.

How do I go about taking a meter reading?

You’ve likely been asked to take a meter reading by Scottish Power. Taking a meter reading is simple, and we’ve provided a guide on how to do so.

How do I address my final Yorkshire energy bill?

Yorkshire energy has information on their website detailing what will happen to your final bill; the outcome of which is different depending on if your bill was in debit or credit.

Scottish Power – Prices and Tariffs

Scottish Power has great selection of tariffs. As one of the Big 6 energy suppliers, it is no surprise to learn that their plans include single tariffs, as well as dual fuel, including both fixed and variable plans. First, let’s look at Scottish Power’s available plans:

Below you can find the cost information associated with these tariffs.


Plan name Tariff type Is the tariff live? Average electricity annual cost (£/year) Average gas annual cost (£/year) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit fees (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Standard Variable £ 1,778.80* £ 2,190.74* £ 3,969.54* £ 0.00 ✔️
/ Fixed - 12 months £ 1,808.79* £ 2,389.02* £ 4,197.81* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed - 24 months £ 1,784.79* £ 2,395.01* £ 4,179.80* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 12 + boiler cover £ 1,670.31* £ 2,184.71* £ 3,855.02* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 24 + boiler cover £ 1,676.33* £ 2,190.74* £ 3,867.08* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Prepayment Variable £ 1,670.02* £ 2,204.55* £ UK_NRJ_SP_DF_PAYG_annualc* £ 150.00 ✔️

* Prices differ on a postcode basis, this table therefore displays national averages
* Based on the official TDCV : 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year
** A Green tariff means the supplier injects in the grid the same amount of renewable energy that is consumed.
Prices incl. VAT.


Scottish Power Variable Rate Tariffs

Scottish Power currently only offers their standard variable tariff for variable rates With variable rates, your price will go up and down based on the market price. They give the user flexibility in terms of leaving the contract, but come at a risk of potential higher prices.

The costs associated with this tariff can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Unit rate cost (p/kWh) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Standard Variable Electricity 32.14 p* 57.29 p* £ 1,778.80* £ 0.00 ✔️
/ Standard Variable Gas 32.40 p* 17.27 p* £ 2,190.74* £ 0.00 ✔️

* Prices differ on a postcode basis, this table therefore displays national averages
* Based on the official TDCV : 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year
** A Green tariff means the supplier injects in the grid the same amount of renewable energy that is consumed.
Prices incl. VAT.


Scottish Power Fixed Rate Tariffs

Scottish Power has several fixed rate tariff plans. We have an overview of them down below.

The pricing on these tariffs can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Unit rate cost (p/kWh) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Fixed - 12 months Electricity 40.35 p* 57.29 p* £ 1,808.79* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed - 24 months Electricity 33.78 p* 57.29 p* £ 1,784.79* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 12 + boiler cover Electricity 30.94 p* 53.70 p* £ 1,670.31* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 24 + boiler cover Electricity 32.59 p* 53.70 p* £ 1,676.33* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed - 12 months Gas 27.22 p* 19.08 p* £ 2,389.02* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed - 24 months Gas 28.86 p* 19.08 p* £ 2,395.01* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 12 + boiler cover Gas 30.75 p* 17.27 p* £ 2,184.71* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Fixed 24 + boiler cover Gas 32.40 p* 17.27 p* £ 2,190.74* £ 150.00 ✔️

* Prices differ on a postcode basis, this table therefore displays national averages
* Based on the official TDCV : 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year
** A Green tariff means the supplier injects in the grid the same amount of renewable energy that is consumed.
Prices incl. VAT.


Scottish Power Gas Prepaid Tariffs

Scottish Power also allows the use of Prepaid Meters. With this type of meter, rather than paying after your use, you top up your meter and the credit slowly depletes.

Costs associated with this tariff plan can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Unit rate cost (p/kWh) Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Prepayment Variable Electricity 30.86 p* 53.70 p* £ 1,670.02* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Prepayment Variable Gas 36.18 p* 17.27 p* £ 2,204.55* £ 150.00 ✔️

* Prices differ on a postcode basis, this table therefore displays national averages
* Based on the official TDCV : 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year
** A Green tariff means the supplier injects in the grid the same amount of renewable energy that is consumed.
Prices incl. VAT.


Scottish Power Economy 7 Tariffs

Sometimes called double electricity,Scottish Power offers Economy 7 plans for those who have an economy 7 meter installed.

As mentioned previously, these tariffs have two separate unit rates, one for peak hours of consumption and another for off-peak.

Pricing on these tariffs can be seen here:


Plan name Tariff type Type of fuel Is the tariff live? Standing charge (p/day) Day Rate (p/kWh)* Night Rate (p/kWh)p* Average total annual cost (£/year) Exit cost (£/fuel) Green tariff?**
/ Economy 7 - Standard Variable Economy 7 27.48 p* 25.42 p* 11.91 p* £ 672.94* £ 0.00 ✔️
/ Economy 7 - Fixed 12 months Economy 7 16.44 p* 26.13 p* 12.89 p* £ 656.47* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Economy 7 - Fixed 24 months Economy 7 29.12 p* 29.79 p* 16.28 p* £ 805.76* £ 150.00 ✔️
/ Economy 7 - Prepayment Economy 7 30.94 p* 20.99 p* 9.47 p* £ 581.32* £ 150.00 ✔️

* Prices differ on a postcode basis, this table therefore displays national averages
* Based on the official TDCV : 2,900.00 kWh of ⚡ and 12,000.00 kWh of 🔥 per year
* Assuming the average Economy 7 tariff user consumes around 58% of his energy on peak and 42% off peak.
** A Green tariff means the supplier injects in the grid the same amount of renewable energy that is consumed.


Fixed tariff

Fixed tariffs is when your rate stays the same throughout the length of your contract. This is useful for budgeting since the rates won’t change (although your bill will change if your energy use varies, which is typical since the weather varies by season and time of year and hence, your gas and electricity usage will change accordingly). Fixed tariffs are popular, and many energy suppliers, including Scottish Power have more Fixed tariff plans on offer compared to variable.

Variable tariff

Scottish Power has on variable tariff on offer. With this variable tariff, the price you pay for your energy depends on the market price of energy. When the wholesale cost of gas and electricity changes, suppliers carry these changes over to your bill. Depending on the direction of which the cost of energy is going (either increasing or decreasing) your bill will increase or decrease accordingly. This can be a bit tricky to navigate if you are trying to regulate your energy usage month by month.
Just so you are aware, if the price of energy is about to increase, Scottish Power is obliged to tell you at least 30 days in advance. This way, you are able to plan your budget ahead.

If I don’t want a contract with Scottish Power, can I switch?

If you decide you don’t want Scottish Power to supply your gas and electricity, you can switch to a new supplier. However, it’s a good idea to wait until Scottish Power has been in touch with you to arrange your tariff and confirm your account. This will be the smoothest way for any credit balances domestic customers had with Yorkshire Energy to be honoured by Scottish Power.

If you’ve taken a look at their plans and still want to switch supplier, you can use an call us! We at Switchplan will help you find the supplier that is right for you.

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What other green energy suppliers exist on the market?

A lot of customers signed up for Yorkshire Energy because the supplier offered 100% renewable electricity. If sustainability is important to you, you’ll find there is a good choice of other green energy suppliers on the market. Some of the most popular are:

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I’m in credit with Yorkshire Energy. Will I get my money back?

Scottish Power will honour credit balances for both current and past Yorkshire Energy customers. Scottish Power will review the details of your account and let you know what to do about getting a refund. This review process may take a few weeks. When calculating your credit balance, Scottish Power will deduct any unbilled charges for your supply by Yorkshire Energy.

I’ve left Yorkshire Energy and owe them money. Do I pay it back to Scottish Power?

If you owed Yorkshire Energy money when you switched, the administrators, or Scottish Power, will be in contact with you to discuss repayment arrangements. This is true even if you already had a repayment plan in place with them.

Will Scottish Power take on any unresolved complaints to Yorkshire energy?

Scottish Power is not required to take on any unresolved complaints relating to Yorkshire Energy. However, if you made a complaint and believe the issue is still ongoing, you can discuss it will Scottish Power when they get in touch. If you are dissatisfied with their resolution, you might want to consider switching to a different energy supplier who could better address similar issues in the future.

Updated on 29 Jan, 2024

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