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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, warned that this was like...

Published on 23/05/2017

Faster drying with plain sawn wood

A fortnight ago I asked if we have been chopping up logs the wrong way if we accept that the right method would leave the wood in a state where it will dry more efficiently. The most common technique, which I have used myself, is the the quarter s...

Published on 18/04/2017

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

Gas price hike could have been greater

The announcement of a 7.6% increase in the cost of gas for homes and small businesses in Belfast comes after a surge in the wholesale cost of fossil fuels on world markets.The new tariff which has been approved by the Energy Regulator takes effect on...

Published on 03/03/2017

Gas price hike prediction

Gas prices are being reviewed by the Energy Regulator and the new tariffs when they're announced will kick in at the beginning of AprilWe’ll know soon enough what the new costs will be but for what it’s worth here’s my prediction. It’s a very rough a...

Published on 23/02/2017

An energy firm to watch

The company which spotted that the wholesale cost of power went negative one morning last month is probably the most interesting Irish energy firm you’ve never heard of. Electroroute reported that for three half hour periods on December 9, suppliers ...

Published on 15/01/2017

World breakthrough for Ireland's grid operators

It’s one thing for wind farms to be able to generate large amounts of  electricity but it’s another being able to manage those volumes of intermittent energy on the network.That is the huge challenge the two grid operators on the island, including SO...

Published on 11/01/2017

Power at 5 pence a unit but not here

Households across the water are to be offered the chance to buy electricity at just 5 pence a unit. Admittedly the rock bottom price from Green Energy is only available between the hours of 11pm and 6 am. For most of the time, customers will pay ...

Published on 02/01/2017

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