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9 responses to “Why green electricity prices go up when brown prices do”

    • Brown

      We will stay with Ecotricity as long as:
      A) I can afford it.
      B) They keep investing 100% of their net profits in expanding their wind related infrastructure.

    • zed

      Hi all,

      My name is Zed (also known as Zak), I have been working for Ecotricity as an administrator since August 2007 and I thought I would share my thoughts on this matter with everyone.

      As far as I can see, a lot of the other main suppliers in the country charge about the same as us in the standard tariffs but will half the price when it comes to a dual fuel tariff. This means that when we finally achieve dual fuel we will be able to compete with the market at a stronger rate thus, increase our customer base at an incredible rate.

      Our prices are actually on the same price level as the other 6 large suppliers in the country but they will conceal their true price in different tariff options to actually make it seem a lot cheaper.

      I think we are still as competitive in the green/brown market as ever but we just decide to show our prices up front as opposed to part of a dual fuel tariff. We will also invest huge amounts of money into our green electricity, we invested 25 million in 2007 whereas NPower invested £15,000. Compared to the financial situation of both companies, I think that we are way ahead.


    • Me

      Dual-fuel from Ecotricity? That will be interesting – I can see the financial advantage, competing with the other energy companies, but doesn’t that affect the carbon free image?

    • paul

      Dale – I am interested in the gas debate, as I am one of those in the minority who don’t have a domestic gas supply (we live at the top of a hill in a fairly isolated and small village – the gas company can’t justify the investment). It’s also a veeeeery windy hill – but it is in Gloucestershire so pretty much zero chance of that being exploited.

      The housing authority that owns most of the properties in the village has a sewage processing plant on site – I have been wondering whether to approach them to discuss CHP and Bio-gas production in the village. I wonder what everyone thinks about bio-gas from human ‘sludge’ as a potential ‘light green’ energy source?

    • REOldtimer

      The challenge here is to change the business model of the energy sector. Unfortunately, beyond the conversion phase (power generation) wires do not distinguish between green and brown electricity. Is up to the market and a proper business model to do it. The solution is to redraw the whole business model for the life cycle (conversion –>generation –> distribution –> consumption)for green energy, the current merge into the brown energy life cycle is perhaps one of the biggest barriers for the predominance of renewable energy for the masses.

    • Gavelect

      I think the rise in business electricity prices is having a terrible effect on all sorts of businesses along with the credit crunch but there is still some better deals out there if you look in the right places.