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Record number of local authorities switch power providers Energia

January 14

Ten local authorities and three major public bodies have so far switched to competitive energy provider Energia since the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) gave them the licence to start competing for services like local authority public lighting in May.

Since Mayo Council County became the first local authority to switch supplier for unmetered electicity in May, a further nine local authorities have so far switched to Energia for unmetered electricity including Carlow Town Council, Castlebar Urban District Council, Cork City Council, Dungarvan Town Council, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Borough Council, Laois County Council, and Wexford Borough Council, Wexford County Council. Three major public bodies have also moved to Energia.

The unmetered electricity supply market covers an important number of services such as public lighting. It differs from the conventional energy market by the fact that no meter is used to record the energy units consumed. Companies wishing to compete in this market require authorisation from the CER. Up to now, ESB was the only operator licensed to operate in this market.

Energia is the first independent power provider to enter the market. Their entry will allow unmetered electricity users, such as local authorities and states agencies, to avail of Energia’s competitive energy offerings and significant discounts.      

In recent months, Energia has also concluded a number of major “Green Power” deals for conventional metered electricity supply with leading local authorities throughout Ireland, including Waterford City Council, Wexford County Council, Waterford County Council and Cork City Council.
 
The “Green Power” will be sourced from Energia’s extensive network of wind power facilities across Ireland. Energia has 250MW of renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, the majority of which is operational with a further 375MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland. These include facilities in Sligo, Donegal, Tipperary, Kerry and Cork. 
 
Commenting on the deal, Gary Ryan, Sales and Marketing Director, Energia said: “We are delighted with this massive response from local authorities all over Ireland. Energia’s decision to start competing in the unmetered electricity market was based on our aim of widening our competitive power offerings to all segments of the market”

“We are now able to offer local authorities and state agencies significant savings on unmetered electricity costs. This is good news for the local authorities, whose budgets are under considerable pressure in the current economic environment.”  
 
A member of the Viridian Group, Energia also sources conventional power from the Group’s power stations in north Dublin, where the company has invested €500 million with the capability to supply up to 17% of electricity requirements on an all-island basis.

Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

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