The Consumer Council welcomes the outcome of the Final Determination from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Firmus Energy’s appeal against the Utility Regulator’s GD17 Price Control.
The Consumer Council would like to make small businesses aware that following Power NI’s price control review by the Utility Regulator, Power NI’s small businesses tariffs will no longer be regulated, as of 1 April 2017.
Firmus Energy customers in both the Greater Belfast and the “Ten Towns” markets will be disappointed to find out that they have to find extra money for their gas bills after the supplier announced an increase of 12.2%.
SSE Airtricity gas customers in the Greater Belfast area will have to find extra money for their gas bills after SSE announced an increase of 7.6% with effect from the 31 March 2017.
The Consumer Council is informing former Open Electric customers that they now have the opportunity to switch electricity supplier after they were automatically transferred to Power NI as part of the Supplier of Last Resort process, when the company ceased trading on the 18 December 2016.
Consumer Council advises Open Electric Customers that their electricity supply is unaffected.
The Consumer Council is encouraging households to check if they are on the best deal for their electricity. This follows Budget Energy’s decision to remove, or reduce, discounts on some of their existing tariffs.
Price of 500 litres of home heating oil has increased by 20% in last three months.
Blog post by Keelin Kelly
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