Q3 2013 sees small increases in Irish customers switching gas and electricity providers
Electric Ireland still dominant force in the electricity market
The latest report from The Commission for Energy Regulation has highlighted the gas and electricity retail markets for Q3 of 2013.
Domestic gas and electricity markets have experienced changes during the three month period, with the CER report detailing customer numbers and usage.
The statistics look into the number of customers switching between providers and at the electricity market share and gas market share of those companies.
Electricity market share
The majority of the domestic market is taken up by Electric Ireland, whose 1,277,101 customers use just slightly more than 1 million MWhs of energy.
SSE Airtricity and Bord Gáis Energy were the other main players in the electricity market, with 379,391 and 296,359 customers respectively using more than 600,000 MWhs of energy.
PrePayPower has just over 56,000 customers while almost 10,600 use other companies for their electricity needs. In total, 2,019,553 customers were registered in the report.
In terms of domestic market share, Electric Ireland has 63.24% of the market, with SSE Airtricity and Bord Gais Energy having 18.78% and 14.67% respectively.
That represents a 0.13% reduction in customers for Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy between Q2 and Q3 in 2013, while PrePayPower saw a 0.24% increase in the number of customers switching to their services.
Gas market share
When it comes to gas supply, Bord Gáis Energy leads the way in Ireland, supplying 373,192 domestic customers who use 3,358 GWhs of gas.
SSE Airtrictiy and Electric Ireland are the other main suppliers, with 110,174 and 117,907 customers respectively who use a combined total of 1,550 GWhs.
Flogas Natural Gas, are the other gas supplier in the domestic market, supplying 31,500 customers and taking 4.98% of the market share.
Bord Gáis Energy has 58.97% of the market, while Electric Ireland and Airtricity have 18.63% and 17.41% respectively.
Other companies account for just 0.01% of the overall domestic gas market.
There have been changes in the domestic gas market share between Q2 and Q3 of 2013, with Bord Gáis Energy customer numbers reduced by 1.99%.
The majority of these customers have switched gas to Electric Ireland, who saw a 1.87% increase during the quarter, while SSE Airtricity customer numbers were boosted by 0.11%.
The number of customers choosing to switch is a key indicator in determining retail competition and supplier activity in the market.
Electricity switching levels remained relatively stable between Q1 2012 and Q3 2013.
Overall, electricity switching was up by 13% in Q3 2013 when compared to a year earlier, compared to a 2.82% increase in gas switching.