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More gas consumers in Greater Belfast will now benefit from big savings

More than 50,000 households and small businesses in Greater Belfast will appreciate Firmus Energy’s decision to decrease its prices by 12% from 16 April 2020.

Paulino Garcia, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said: “This is the second Firmus Energy price decrease in Greater Belfast since last summer and represents a reduction of £66 on the typical annual gas bill.

“This will be especially welcome for those in vulnerable circumstances, as the average weekly discretionary income in Northern Ireland is £119 per week, which is approximately £100 lower than in the rest of the UK. It now means that all natural gas consumers in the Greater Belfast area will see a significant price drop during April.”

Notes:

  1. Firmus Energy Supply domestic and small business customer number source: Utility Regulator Quarterly Transparency Report Q4 2019.
  2. The decrease applies to all Firmus Energy Supply NI domestic consumers and small businesses using up to 73,200 kWh of gas per year in the Greater Belfast Area.
  3. The Greater Belfast Network area Includes Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor, Holywood, Donaghadee, Groomsport, Millisle, Newtownards, Carryduff, Comber, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Larne and East Down.
  4. The reduction of £66.24 on the typical annual bill is based on the difference between the current PAYG rate of 4.591 p/kWh and the new PAYG rate of 4.039 p/kWh effective 16 April 2020 using a consumption of 12,000kWh.
  5. Weekly discretionary income source: Asda Income Tracker January 2020.
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