Switching from EDF to another energy provider - and so effectively boycotting EDF - is pretty easy. You can do it online with most other companies.
There are several websites which allow you to compare and switch electricity and gas suppliers. Cost comparison sites such as: uswitch.com, energyhelpline.com or which.co.uk/switch provide all options available to you. You will be able to switch provider online immediately. And it should only take about 10 minutes.
In these difficult economic times, you may wish to choose the provider which offers the closest deal to your current tariff. You might even find a better deal than you have already. The online switch sites allow you to transfer both your gas and electricity so you still benefit from a dual-fuel discount.
Boycott EDF does not recommend any specific electricity or gas supplier, but the following might be good options: -
100% non-nuclear: Green Energy - http://greenenergy.uk.com. Their fuel mix does not include nuclear - see http://www.greenenergy.uk.com/FuelMix/Default.aspx. Their main source is CHP, which is a a much better option than nuclear but you can also go for a 100% renewable tariff.
Ecotricity - http://ecotricity.co.uk. They say: "Our ultimate goal is 100% green electricity sourced from our own turbines but this is a moving target ..." At present, about 45% of their energy is from renewables, the rest is the usual grid mix. See http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/about/OurFuelMix/. Ecotricity also offers a 100% renewable tariff, and also provides green gas.
Green Electricity Marketplace only lists "green" tariffs.
It would make little sense to switch from EDF just to another supplier deeply involved in nuclear. Watch out for the following:
- Sainsbury's Energy is in fact just another name for British Gas (see below), which is very visible on their website
- Centrica, better known to the public as Scottish Gas or British Gas are the junior partner of EDF at British Energy. They aim to build new nuclear at Hinkley Point, Sizewell, Heysham, Hartlepool, and Bradwell.
- German RWE, in Britain better known as RWE npower, bought sites at Kirksanton and Braystones in Cumbria for new nuclear. In addition, RWE formed a joint-venture with another German utility company, E.on, under the name Horizon Nuclear Power, to develop nuclear power at Wylfa and Oldbury.
- E.on, also German, formed a joint venture with RWE (see above)
- Spanish Iberdrola, which bought Scottish Power in 2007, formed a joint venture with French GDF Suez and Scottish and Southern Energy (trading as SWALEC, Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro Electric and Atlantic Electric and Gas) to build a new nuclear power station at Sellafield.
Confused? If you're stuck, simply go for the cheapest option. As long as you're switching from EDF, you're adding your voice to the growing tide of people who are saying NO TO NEW NUCLEAR.
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