Gas & Electricity in Durham - Npower, British Gas & More

Durham Cathedral

Durham is a historic city that resides in north-eastern County Durham. Within the city boundaries, there is only a very small 50,000 inhabitants, although, in its county form, it is much larger. Durham is famous for its hilly lanscape, cathedral and university. Its incumbent suppliers are Npower for electricity and British Gas for gas.

DistributionDistribution Network Operator (DNO): Northern Power Grid
Gas Distributor: Northern Gas Networks

Northern Powergrid Durham

Northern Power Grid

Emergency number: 0800 66 88 77 (North East)

Non-emergency number: 0800 011 3332

Experiencing a power cut in your neighbourhood? Give your Distribution Network Operator, Northern Powergrid, a call using the above information.

Northern Gas Networks Durham

Northern Gas Networks

Emergency gas number: 0800 111 999

Non-emergency number: 0800 640 7766

Average Energy Usage by City

Electricity: 713 kWh - £120

Gas: 2869 kWh - £145

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

Npower, the most popular provider in Durham

For many reasons, a large number of areas in Great Britain still seem to lean towards their incumbent or historically linked suppliers. Many people still aren't away we have a choice and some can't be bothered. In the Durham area, the most popular supplier is still Npower.

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Durham Energy Offices

Just 7 miles from Durham lies Houghton-le-Spring, the home to one of Npower's main customer service centres, employing 2,500 people. If you are interested in working for Npower, click here to see what vacancies they may have for you.


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Houghton le Spring



As of 1948, Durham's electricity supply was provided by 'North Eastern Electricity Board' (NEEB). In 1990, following privatisation, it was renamed 'Northern Electric'. Six years later in 1996 it was acquired by American corporation 'CalEnergy', that then formed a subsiduary called 'CE Electric' that was made to manage Northern Electric.


Between 1948 - 1973, Durham's gas supplied was fulfilled by 'Northern Gas Board'; however, after this time it became an area of the British Gas Corporation.

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