First for Mayo County Council

June 01

Mayo County Council are set to become the first local authority to switch to independent power supplier Energia for their unmetered electricity services, saving significant amounts for the local authority.

Energia recently became the first independent power supplier to be authorised by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) to compete in the unmetered electricity supply market. Up to now, only the ESB were licensed to operate in this market.

 Under the terms of the new 18 month electricity contract, Energia will supply over 8.5 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of green electricity to Mayo County Council, Ballina, Castlebar & Westport Town Councils to power the 11,000 public lights in the existing network. This is the same amount of energy required to power  over 1800  homes for a year. The local authority’s switch from conventional power generation to green power will result in an annual reduction of over  4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

 The value of this new “Green Power” contract is over €1 million, and as a result the local authority will make a significant saving of €100, 000 on their annual energy costs.

 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 300MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland. These include facilities in Sligo, Donegal, Tipperary, Kerry and Cork. 

 The Government has adopted a target that 40% of electricity consumed would be from renewable sources by 2020.

 Commenting on the deal, Iarla Moran, Mayo County Council said: “Mayo County Council have a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, and this is the latest in a number of initiatives which have allowed us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.”

 “A cost saving of €150,000 over the coming 18 months is to be warmly welcomed in the current climate. We look forward to working with Energia to achieve further reductions over the coming years of the deal.”

 Gary Ryan, Sales and Marketing Director, Energia, added: “Energia is delighted to be the first independent energy supplier to enter the unmetered electricity market. Our competitive offerings in this market should prove highly attractive for local authorities throughout Ireland. We look forward to building on the already strong relationships we have developed with city and county council’s throughout Ireland, for whom our “green power” deals have proved extremely popular and cost effective.“

“Switching to Energia is simple and offers savings of up to ten per cent to businesses. We work with companies and public sector organisations throughout the country to deliver cost effective energy solutions that deliver real value for money.” 

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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