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December 23

What is Octopus Electroverse Plunge Pricing?

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Much like Yin and Yang, the UK power grid needs to be balanced at all times, but there are times when too much energy is on the grid (e.g. high levels of solar and wind generation from really sunny or windy days).

So, when energy is in high supply and demand low - shouldn't public charging prices change to reflect that?

Introducing Plunge Pricing - discounts on public charging when energy is in high supply.

Let’s get plugged in...

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What causes Plunge Pricing?

Sometimes there’s excess energy on the grid, and this can be for a number of reasons:

  • High solar generation from a very sunny few days 

  • High wind generation from a few windy days (possibly more likely in the UK!)

  • Low national household demand/usage, etc.

When this happens, the amount of available energy exceeds the amount of energy typically needed during that time period. In other words, a classic case of supply vs demand.

If a shop selling cute Octopus plushy toys has more stock than they can keep, what happens? Discounts.

This is exactly the same for Plunge Pricing.

What are the Plunge Pricing discounts?

Plunge Pricing is not your average discount; it's a revolutionary approach tied to energy supply, demand, and wholesale prices.

Plunge pricing is designed to pass through the cheaper costs when demand is low and supply high.

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What drives wholesale energy prices? Good question. Our friends at Octopus Energy wrote a great blog answering just this - check it out here!

With flexibility at its core, Plunge Price discounts will change with each event - ensuring the Electroverse community gets the best discount for the event period.

So, while a Plunge Price one day might bring you a 20% discount, the following week could see discounts of up to 50% off!

Octopus energy mascot, Constantine, with Octopus Electroverse mascot, Zapman next to wind turbines

Will Octopus Go and Intelligent GO tariff discounts be applied on top of Plunge Pricing?

For Octopus Energy customers on Go and Intelligent GO tariffs, discounts will not be stacked. This means that whatever discount is higher at the time of a Plunge Pricing event will be applied.

When will a Plunge Pricing Day happen?

As Plunge Pricing events happen in occurrence with high energy generation, they can't be scheduled like a TV guide.

We'll usually be certain of a Plunge Price day at least 24 hours prior - this means that the Electroverse community will be notified the day before a Plunge Price event.

Which charging operators are included in Plunge Pricing?

Plunge Pricing discounts will only apply to charging operators supplied by Octopus Energy - for the initial launch of Electroverse Plunge Pricing these operators will include:

As Plunge Pricing becomes more frequent, we hope to include more operators (supplied by Octopus Energy). Keep an eye on this list!

How can I be notified of an upcoming Plunge Pricing day?

Turn on Electroverse app push notifications!

The day before a Plunge Price event, we’ll send out an Electroverse app notification to your phone. It will look something like this:

Example of an app notification from Octopus Electroverse

To turn on push notifications:

  • Head into your Electroverse app account and scroll down to ‘App settings

  • Tap ‘Notifications’ then ‘Notifications settings’

  • Toggle or tick to enable ‘All Electroverse notifications

  • All set!

Once you’ve switched on all notifications for the Electroverse app, you’ll receive a notification on your phone the day before a Plunge Price event.

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We’ll also be notifying our community via email and our social media pages - be sure to follow us on X (Twitter), Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for all the latest news!

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