National Power buys failed virtual utility

Mike Simons

Mike Simons

Independent Energy, the virtual utility that went bust after IT problems with its billing system, has been bought by one of the UK's main electricity generators.

National Power is paying just £10m for the Independent Energy which has a £119m backlog of electricity it has supplied but has not been able to bill customers for (Computer Weekly, 14 September).

Independent Energy outsourced its billing to Vertex, a subsidiary of United Utilities, in a deal that was worth £3m up front plus £15 for each customer.

When Independent Energy finally called in the receiver, Vertex claimed it was responsible for just £10m of the backlog and was correctly billing 90% of customers.

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