CER accredits an energy price comparison website
CER press release - 2nd May 2013
The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has today announced its accreditation of the Switcher.ie price comparison website in the Irish energy market.
An easy and reliable method of identifying the lowest electricity and gas tariffs on offer from suppliers is of particular benefit to energy customers in the current economic climate. The www.Switcher.ie website provides an online energy price comparison and switching facility, which has today been accredited by the CER. It is the second energy price comparison website to be accredited by the CER through its accreditation framework launched in August 2011.
Under this framework, an energy price comparison website service is only accredited by the CER if it meets defined standards for accuracy, transparency and reliability. Switcher.ie meets these standards. As an accredited website, Switcher.ie will be audited at least annually by the CER to ensure that it continues to provide a high standard of service.
For background, in recent years the Irish electricity and gas retail markets have become increasingly competitive, providing customers with price discounts and a choice of tariff options from different suppliers. Since 2010 there have been over 1 million electricity switches and over 300,000 gas switches. This has been facilitated by the CER approving a simple and free supplier switching process, to the benefit of customers.
The accreditation system provided by the CER helps provide energy customers with the confidence to use price comparison websites, assisting them in comparing tariff offers and getting the best tariff deal.
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Ebrill, Press Officer, CER
Phone: 01 4000 800