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Power Shock

The cost of electricity is rising again. Power NI has just announced a six per cent increase in its tariff. The hike, when it comes into effect at the beginning of October, will add around £35 a year to the average customer's bill.It follows two prev...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Price jolt

Hopes of a cut in electricity prices this autumn are crumbling away. In fact it’s distinctly possible that when the current review of costs is complete, the regulated tariff which is offered by Power NI may go up instead of down. This is surprising t...

Published on 10/07/2019

The incredible shrinking domestic energy usage

This article could be subtitled; why your energy bills have been falling even when there was no movement in the cost of gas and electricity. Ten years ago, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) , the average ...

Published on 03/07/2019

Cutting your power bill

New electricity tariffs came into force on Monday. One supplier hiked its prices by over 18%. So which companies are now offering the best deals. It’s not an easy calculation given the introduction of standing charges last summer by Budget Energy. Th...

Last updated on 09/10/2018

Marketing lesson for energy suppliers

The quarterly reports on gas and electricity customer numbers from the Utility Regulator are normally low on surprises. This supplier has attracted a few more consumers. That one has lost some. It’s not quite a snores fest but hardly riveting reading...

Published on 05/06/2017

Why electricity tariffs for small firms should be published

Following full deregulation of the commercial electricity market, Power NI have removed from view the only published tariff to which small businesses have access.In a submission last July to the Energy Regulator, enirgy.info warned that this was like...

Published on 23/05/2017

Faster drying with plain sawn wood

A fortnight ago I asked if we have been chopping up logs the wrong way if we accept that the right method would leave the wood in a state where it will dry more efficiently. The most common technique, which I have used myself, is the the quarter s...

Published on 18/04/2017

Solar shines brightly

Until relatively recently talk of large scale renewable generation in Northern Ireland meant wind farms. Turbines not only dominated the landscape, they made up the vast bulk of green power capacity. Wind still predominates but solar power is begi...

Published on 14/04/2017

Is NIE likely to appeal its price control?

Will NIE Networks reject the price control announced by the Energy Regulator just before the weekend and appeal the matter to the Competition and Markets Authority? The Regulator cut the amount of Capex and Opex that the company, a subsidiary of E...

Published on 27/03/2017

Mild winter helps to lower wholesale energy prices

Wholesale energy prices here fell by nearly 18% in February as increased imports into the UK of LNG combined with mild weather continued to push prices downwards. However, the Vayu Energy Report shows that despite this substantial drop wholesale pric...

Published on 26/03/2017

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