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Price puzzle

The cost of gas, which is the main fuel used by power stations, has dropped year on year by about 20%. So why is the price of electricity coming down by just 5% as evidenced by the Budget Energy announcement? Put plainly, wholesale fuel costs ar...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Industry Minister softens blow for PV industry

The renewables industry breathed a sigh of relief when the Industry Minister announced the new rates of subsidy for small scale solar PV – that’s installations up to 50 kW. Originally it was proposed to cut the rate of support from 4 ROCs to ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

SSE Airtricity changes its tariff

In about a month’s time the Energy Regulator will announce a new electricity tariff for Power NI. Before that happens SSE Airtricity has moved to adjust some of its key rates.  Two year contract deals are being revised. They now offer up to ten cen...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Local energy firms rated by Which

Budget Energy has emerged on top in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by consumer organisation Which. The North West based electricity supplier scored 61 points, significantly ahead of its rivals.  Gas supplier Firmus came second with 53 fol...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Price comparison websites facing reforms

 The Energy Regulator across the water has brought in reforms to ensure that customers checking tariffs on price comparison sites get the full picture. Among the key reforms introduced by Ofgem: Banning a default partial view. Sites must show all t...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Virtual power station

You probably haven’t heard of what is effectively Northern Ireland’s fourth biggest power station and you’ve certainly never seen it. And yet it’s been going for four years and and it exists all around you. With the capacity to deliver 74 MW iPower...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Change could mean lower prices

Reform of the all island Single Electricity Market (SEM) has been forecast to put up bills but now there are grounds for believing it will cut chargesThe move to the new arrangement which has been entitled the Integrated Single Electricity Market or ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Cutting energy prices

Why not now? If wholesale gas, oil and coal prices have already fallen, shouldn’t we be seeing lower domestic bills in January rather than having to wait until April when the winter will be over? It looks like a good point but the fact is that one...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Cut your electricity bill

It is possible to make substantial savings on your power bill but you must be ready to switch, and switch again if your deal comes to an end and you move onto a much less attractive tariff, - all the time of course watching out for penalties for leav...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Plugging the gap

The Energy Regulator has revealed more details about plans to make sure the lights don’t go out next January when US owned AES is forced to switch off 510 megawatts of capacity at its Ballylumford station in order to comply with EU rules on emissions...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

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