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MEB (Midlands Electricity Board)
The Midlands Electricity Board was formed in 1947 and was the counterpart of the East Midlands board. It served southern, and western parts of Warwickshire, as well as the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, as well as most of Gloucestershire, the West Midlands conurbation and northern Oxfordshire.
As with the EMEB, it kept a network of showrooms across its area, to allow customers to pay bills, and order many types of electrical goods. The MEB, Southern Electric and Eastern Electricity merged their showrooms to become Powerhouse Retail in the early 90s.
In 1990, as part of the privatisation of the UK electricity industry, the board became Midlands Electricity plc. The new business was split up, and sold several times: the supply business to npower in 1999, the distribution business to GPU Power, and Aquila Networks, before finally being purchased by Powergen in 2004, becoming Central Networks.
Formerly known as Powergen, E.ON is one of the largest gas and electricity companies in the UK with around 8 million customers. They offer a range of low-priced tariffs and have a history of good customer service.
We have given E.ON a 4 star service rating as they recently had a low number of cases raised against them by Consumer Focus. They offer an extended hours 0845 customer service centre and the ability to fully manage your account online.
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