Connecting to the electricity network and choosing an electricity supplier.
Connecting to the electricity Network
If you want to install electricity in your home or business you should contact Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) on 03457 643 643 or visit the website at www.nie.co.uk . NIE is the company that owns and maintains all the wires, meters, transformers, substations etc no matter who bills you for your electricity usage. You should also contact them if there’s a fault with your electricity.
Domestic Electricity Market
Domestic consumers in Northern Ireland are able to choose their electricity supplier. There are currently four suppliers operating in the domestic market, Budget Energy, Electric Ireland, Power NI and SSE Airtricity. The contact details are listed under useful contacts.
The Consumer Council has produced a simple leaflet to explain how to switch electricity supplier. Click here to download the leaflet or contact the Consumer Council on our freephone number 0800 121 6022 to request a copy.
Business Electricity Market
At present seven electricity suppliers for businesses in Northern Ireland. By switching supplier, businesses may be able to negotiate a better contract on price and service. It doesn’t cost anything to switch supplier and the electricity supply won’t be disrupted in any way. The contact details are listed under useful contacts.
The Consumer Council has produced a leaflet with useful energy advice for local businesses. Click here to download the leaflet or contact the Consumer Council on our freephone number 0800 121 6022 to request a copy.
Marketing Code of Practice
All electricity suppliers must adhere to the Utility Regulator's Marketing Code of Practice. This protects electricity customers, in particular vulnerable customers, from inappropriate marketing practices and guards against the mis-selling of products. To view the Marketing Code of Practice for domestic customers click here and for business customers click here.
Guaranteed Standards of Service
Electricity network operator, NIE and electricity suppliers have guaranteed standards of service. These standards let customers know how companies should perform in the event of a complaint or network problems and include payments to customers should they fail to meet them. There are some exceptions to the guaranteed standards and the company may not have to make a compensation payment in all instances.
For a full list of the Guaranteed Standards of Service see the network distributor/supplier website or see our Factsheet.
Electricity suppliers contact details
3rd Floor Millennium House,
17-25 Great Victoria Street
Sales: 0345 603 4444
Customer Service: 0345 601 9093
Main Reception: 028 9043 7470
30-32 Ballinska Road,
Springtown Industrial Estate,
Energia (Non-domestic only)
P.O. Box 1275
Belfast BT9 5WH
General Enquiries: 0845 073 0099 (09.00 - 17.00)
Emergencies: 08457 643 643 (24 hour)
Fax: (028) 9068 5902
LCC Power Limited (Non-domestic only)
1 Lissan Road,
Co. Tyrone, BT80 8EN
Telephone: 028 8676 0600