Electricity supply market shares by company: Domestic (GB)

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Source: Ofgem analysis of electricity distribution network operator reports .

Information correct as of: March 2017

This chart shows the domestic electricity market shares for each of the six large suppliers, five medium sized suppliers and other suppliers (presented in aggregate as ‘small suppliers’).

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  • Electricity - retail markets

Data Table

Electricity supply market shares by company: Domestic (GB)

British GasEDFE.ONRWE npowerScottish PowerSSECo-operative EnergyFirst UtilityOVOUtilitaUtility WarehouseSmall Suppliers
Q1 200424%14%21%15%11%14%1%
Q2 200424%14%21%15%12%15%0%
Q3 200424%14%21%15%12%15%0%
Q4 200423%13%21%15%13%15%0%
Q1 200522%13%21%15%13%15%0%
Q2 200522%13%21%15%13%16%1%
Q3 200522%13%20%15%13%16%1%
Q4 200522%13%20%15%13%16%1%
Q1 200622%13%20%15%13%16%0%
Q2 200622%14%20%15%13%16%0%
Q3 200622%14%20%15%12%17%0%
Q4 200622%14%19%16%12%17%0%
Q1 200722%14%19%16%12%18%0%
Q2 200722%14%19%16%12%18%0%
Q3 200722%13%18%16%12%18%0%
Q4 200722%13%18%15%12%18%0%
Q1 200822%13%18%15%12%19%0%
Q2 200822%13%18%15%12%19%0%
Q3 200822%13%18%15%12%19%0%
Q4 200822%13%18%15%12%19%0%
Q1 200922%13%18%15%12%20%0%
Q2 200923%13%18%15%12%20%0%
Q3 200923%13%18%15%12%20%0%
Q4 200923%13%18%14%12%20%0%
Q1 201024%13%17%14%12%20%1%
Q2 201024%13%17%14%12%20%1%
Q3 201024%13%17%14%12%20%1%
Q4 201025%13%17%14%11%20%1%
Q1 201125%13%17%14%11%20%1%
Q2 201125%13%17%14%11%20%1%
Q3 201125%13%17%14%11%19%1%
Q4 201125%13%17%14%11%19%1%
Q1 201225%13%17%14%11%19%1%
Q2 201225%13%17%14%11%19%1%
Q3 201225%13%17%14%11%19%1%
Q4 201225%13%17%14%12%18%0%1%0%0%0%0%
Q1 201325%13%17%13%12%18%0%1%1%0%0%1%
Q2 201325%13%17%13%12%18%0%1%1%0%0%1%
Q3 201325%13%16%13%12%18%0%1%0%0%0%1%
Q4 201324%13%16%12%12%18%1%1%0%0%1%1%
Q1 201424%13%16%12%12%17%1%1%1%0%2%1%
Q2 201424%13%16%12%11%17%1%2%1%0%2%1%
Q3 201424%13%16%11%11%17%1%2%1%0%2%2%
Q4 201424%13%16%11%11%17%1%3%1%1%2%2%
Q1 201524%13%16%11%11%16%1%3%2%1%2%2%
Q2 201524%12%16%11%11%16%1%3%2%1%2%2%
Q3 201524%12%16%11%11%16%1%3%2%1%2%3%
Q4 201523%12%15%10%11%16%1%3%2%1%2%3%
Q1 201623%12%15%10%11%15%1%1%2%1%2%4%
Q2 201623%12%15%10%11%15%1%1%2%1%2%5%
Q3 201623%12%14%10%11%15%1%1%2%1%2%5%
Q4 201623%12%14%10%11%15%1%1%2%2%2%5%
Q1 201722%12%14%9%11%15%2%3%2%2%2%6%

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At-a-glance summary

Between 2004 and Q1 2017, the combined market share for five of the large electricity suppliers (excluding British Gas) in the GB domestic market declined by 14 percentage points, from 75% to 61%. Individual market shares fluctuated between 9% and 21%.

In the same period, British Gas was the leading domestic electricity supplier in GB, with a market share ranging between 22% and 25%. 

Until 2012, other suppliers held a market share of below 2%. Since then, their share has grown significantly. They reached a market share of 17% in Q1 2017, with a 2 percentage point increase between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. Five of these (Utility Warehouse, OVO, First Utility, Utilita, and Cooperative Energy) increased their individual market shares above 1%, with First Utility reaching over 3%. These medium sized suppliers had slower growth in the year to Q1 2017, compared to previous years in the 2012-2015 period. On the other hand, small suppliers, who have individual market shares below 1%, have reached a combined market share of 6% in Q1 2017, 2 percentage points up compared to Q1 2016. We now include Extra Energy in the group of small suppliers, as their market share has declined below 1% since Q4 2016.

Relevance and further information

The evolution of market shares is a useful measure of trends in market concentration. They help us understand the impact between market shares and competitive dynamics, both for the six large suppliers and other suppliers, and which companies are winning or losing customers.

Methodology

We calculate market shares from the number of meter points on the electricity distribution networks, as provided to us by electricity distribution network operators.

Date correct
March 2017
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