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Gas and Electricity Overview - London

Big Ben London


London is the capital of England. It is by far the biggest city in the United Kingdom and is the second biggest city in Europe, with a population of around 8.63 million people. Its incumbent suppliers are 'EDF Energy' for electricity and 'British Gas' for gas.


DistributionDistribution Network Operator (DNO) - UK Power Networks
Gas Distributor - North London: National Grid
                                 South London: SGN


UK Power Networks London

UK Power Networks

Emergency number - 0800 31 63 105

Non-emergency number - 0800 029 4285


National Grid London

North London - National Grid

Emergency gas number - 0800 111 999

Non-emergency number - 0845 835 1111


SGN London

South London - SGN

Emergency gas number - 0800 111 999

Non-emergency number - 0800 912 1700


Experiencing a power outage in your area? Use the contact information above to get in touch with your distribution network operator, SP Energy Networks. Alternatively you can follow the below link to see live updates.

View live power cuts in your area


Average Energy Usage by City

Electricity - 679 kWh = £114

Gas - 2294 kWh = £116

Source: Over three month period, via British Gas's UK Energy Consumption Checker.


Most Popular Supplier in London

Although people in London are free to choose whichever energy supplier they so wish, many areas still seem to edge towards their incumbent and historically linkes supplier. The most popular supplier in the Greater London area is EDF Energy.

London's most popular supplier, EDF Energy

London Energy Offices

London is home to the headquarters of two major utility companies. They are 'EDF Energy' and 'Utility Warehouse'. If you are interested in a career working for EDF Energy or Utility Warehouse, click one of the links below and visit one of their respective jobs sections.

Careers at EDF Energy

Careers at Utility Warehouse


Utility Warehouse Headquarters London

Addresses

EDF Energy, EDF Trading (Global headquarters), 3rd Floor, Cardinal Place, 80 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL, UK.
 
Utility Warehouse, 508 Edgware Road, The Hyde, London, NW9 5AB, UK.



History

Electricity

Before privatisation, London's electricity supply was managed and distributed by the 'London Electricity Board'. The company was founded in 1948 as part of the nationalisation of the elctricity industry; however, was privatised in 1990 through the Electricity Act 1989 imposed by the Thatcher government. After this point it became 'London Electricity plc', yet was acquired by American 'Entergy' and then EDF again in 1998.

Gas

The 'North Thames Gas Board' was established in 1949, supplying London of its gas requirements until 1973, when it was dissolved to become a region of the British Gas Corporation.