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Pulling the plug on renewables

When I first started to compose my thoughts for this article on renewable energy, there was still a hope that the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London would cut us some slack on support for new onshore wind farms. It wasn’t a big ask. Le...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Why switching electricity supplier is not all about the money

What’s the problem with switching electricity supplier? You can interpret that question in a couple of ways. Is there any difficulty in making the transition from one supplier to another? No, there’s not. The process of changing over is straightforwa...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Pricing power

A question I’m often asked is: why does electricity here cost so much? My response is that it could be worse. If we paid similar rates of VAT on energy as other countries, prices would be substantially higher. As it is, the cost of power for consumer...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Lawyer proposes all island renewable energy policy

A leading energy lawyer here has called for an island regime to support renewable energy. Richard Murphy of Pinsent Masons made the recommendation at the Northern Ireland Energy Forum held in Belfast on Sept 10. He said mirroring legislation from Eng...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Wholesale cost of energy drops to new low

The firmus Energy Index touched a new low in July as world markets continue to be swamped by a surplus of oil. The Index, which tracks wholesale fuel prices in Northern Ireland, dropped to 74. That’s the lowest figure recorded since the benchmark was...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Wholesale energy prices near six year low

Continuing weakness last month in the global oil market has moved the firmus Energy Index close to a six year low. The widely regarded measure of Northern Ireland wholesale fuel costs fell by four per cent to stand at 84 in June. Oil prices had been ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

New energy suppliers to break the mould?

Three new energy suppliers are set to make their presence felt over the next few months.Belfast based Open Electric has already declared its hand. It is building its appeal partly on a willingness to share its profits with consumersManaging Director ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Energy efficiency programme given an extension

The Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) is to be extended for another year. It will continue until March 2017, the Energy Regulator has decided   NISEP is focused on improving energy efficiency with most of the effort dire...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Launch of new electricity supplier

New energy supplier Open Electric has launched itself into Northern Ireland's competitive domestic electricity market with an offer which it claims differentiates itself from its rivals.   The Belfast-based company, which was established last year ...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

Wholesale energy prices nudge downwards

In a change from the norm, gas rather than oil decided the direction of wholesale energy last month. A steady stream of imported LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) helped drive the firmus energy index down by four per cent which now stands at 87. Th...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

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