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Repowering Kilroot with gas turbines boosts security of supply but Grid Operator still stresses importance of N/S Interconnector

The SONI Managing Director welcomes the upcoming conversion of Kilroot Power Station from coal to gas. Jo Aston says the development will help reduce our carbon footprint and secure longterm jobs. Acknowledging that the installation at the site of tw...

Published on 11/06/2020

Professor calls for halt to new fossil fuel development

Geraint Ellis, a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University, has expressed his opposition to a further extension of the natural gas network and the creation of more power stations. In an interview with,...

Published on 22/05/2020

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

Further fall in cost of home heating oil

The collapse in oil prices has sent the cost of home heating oil plummeting. It’s now down at a level not seen since early 2016. The average charge for 500 litres is just over £137. That has left home heating oil the cheapest by far of the four fu...

Published on 23/04/2020

Will the cost of electricity come down

On Sunday April 5, the main wholesale market here for electricity went negative. Instead of paying, people got paid, for taking supplies of power from the Day Ahead Market. Now that’s not that unusual. There have been short periods before where charg...

Last updated on 16/04/2020

How low can energy prices go

In one short week there’s been a change at the top of the central heating leaderboard. When last calculated the cost of heating a home, natural gas emerged as the cheapest of the four fuels under comparison. That result wasn’t whol...

Published on 09/04/2020

The falling cost of central heating

The price of oil has been falling through the floor. Last Monday Brent crude dropped below twenty two dollars a barrel, a level not seen in almost twenty years. This collapse in the cost of the black stuff, brought about by a slump in demand and ...

Last updated on 07/04/2020

Gas bills fall. Could electricity charges be next?

Gas costs for firmus energy customers in the Ten Towns area are to fall by just over 21% from the start of April. The price cut applies to 46,000 homes and small businesses.  Around two thirds of the latest reduction is due to a collapse in wholesa...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Heating oil price falls sharply

The fall in the cost of a barrel of oil has fed through to the price of home heating oil. Since last December the charge for five hundred litres has reduced by around forty pounds. That's a fifteen per cent decrease. The result is that anthracite, he...

Published on 02/03/2020

Central heating costs update

If you’ve switched from oil to natural gas recently, you should be feeling pleased with yourself.  Since I last looked at the annual cost of centrally heating a house, the gap between the price of the two fuels has widened from £75 to £155. This i...

Published on 29/12/2019

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