After nine failed suppliers, major takeovers and a price cap on bills, the energy sector has faced another bruising year which seemed to mark, once and for all, the end of the Big Six.
The Co-op and Octopus Energy have today announced the launch of a new community energy firm.
The community energy sector in the UK has had a difficult time in recent years. 2018 saw continued reductions in the Feed-in Tariffs, and then in December 2018 the UK Government announced the closure of the Feed-in Tariff scheme to new applications from 31 March 2019.
The UK is still the "most attractive" place for renewable energy investment, according to a new study.
High street giant Marks & Spencer is to reboot its energy offering as it looks to challenge Britain's dominant gas and electricity providers.
The Big Six energy companies have all ranked in the bottom 10 of an annual customer satisfaction survey as consumers turned to medium and small suppliers.