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Why regulation is good for you (in a falling market)

New figures just out add weight to the belief that a combination of price regulation and competition in the electricity market can work better for consumers than competition on its own. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Should all power suppliers publish their pricing for small businesses?

The investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the energy supply market in Great Britain unsurprisingly attracted virtually no attention here. That’s understandable. Most of what was said only applies to a market we don’t participate...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Can the cost of power fall much further?

While electricity prices these days never present a static picture thanks to the entry of new suppliers, the landscape should be clearer when Power NI’s price cut comes into effect on Thursday, April 1.The company, which still retains the loyalty of ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Record renewable power production

Last year just over 25% of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources based. That’s an increase of 6.4% on the previous12 months and is the highest rolling 12 month proportion on record. The vast bulk of green el...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Funding for Fair Head?

Fair Head Tidal say their planned 100 MW turbine installation off the North Antrim coast will produce enough power to satisfy the demands of 70,000 homes.What this implies is that the turbines will have about a 25% efficiency which is comparable to t...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Fears over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

  How long can the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme continue to enjoy the level of support it has been receiving from Government? There is a worry that subsidy rates could be cut back. Some fear it could be even be closed to new entrant...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Lower prices for gas and electricity

The cost of gas and electricity is set to fall as regulated suppliers review their costs.Power NI started to examine its tariff before Christmas. It's understood that the company which has over half a million domestic customers will announce its new ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Fuel of the future

What is Europe's most significant renewable energy source? You might think wind given the number of turbines being erected from here right across the Continent. Or maybe you’d hazard a guess that the fall in the price of solar panels has pushed that ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Savings for oil buyers

Many of our least well off households have been able to buy energy supplies this winter at discount prices thanks to the rapid expansion of oil buying clubs.There are now 27 such clubs in Northern Ireland with over 1,700 members. Since last May they ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Turbines, toasters and televisions

The newly approved Cam Burn wind farm near Aghadowey will produce enough electricity to light up and power all the devices in 7,900 homes. That’s the claim by developer TCI Renewables. How do they work that out?They start off with the installed capac...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

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