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Fall in demand limited size of Power NI price cut

The Electricity Regulator has welcomed the near 5% reduction in Power NI's tariff. The decrease which will come into effect at the start of July will reduce the average household domestic electricity bill by close to £30. However Jenny Pyper says the...

Published on 12/05/2020

Smart grid offers cost savings to Coleraine householders

Residents of a public sector housing estate in Coleraine are to be offered the chance to get access to free, green electricity for about a year and a half after their area was chosen to be part of Northern Ireland’s first smart grid.  Around a hun...

Published on 24/02/2020

Help shape new NI energy strategy urge Stormont officials

The process of replacing Northern Ireland’s out of date energy strategy has taken another step forward.An appeal to energy professionals, academics and consumer representatives for ideas to help inform and shape a new energy framework has been launch...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Is this a solution to intermittency of renewables

A reliable electricity system based almost wholly on renewables is not just a lot of hot air, it’s a lot of cold air. UK based Highview Power’s solution to the intermittency of green sources of power is cryogenic technology relying on chilled air.  ...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Need for more transparency on costs

Should we be concerned about the price increases in the domestic electricity market which have just taken place? Most were quite modest varying from around six to eight per cent. In cash terms from £32 to £44 a year. That’s less than a pound a week, ...

Last updated on 07/11/2019

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

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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