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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

Head of NIRIG sets out ambitious target for renewable electricity

The head of NIRIG, Steven Agnew, says Northern Ireland should aim to generate 80% of its power needs from renewable electricity by 2030. The former Green Party leader also says NI will have to play its part along with the rest of the UK in reaching n...

Published on 06/05/2020

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

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

Energy issues facing us in 2020

A new decade doesn’t necessarily usher in a new era but as far as energy is concerned 2020 is set to be the start of a revolution in how we heat our homes, travel to work and transport our goods. Driving the change is a UK Government commitment to ca...

Published on 21/01/2020

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