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Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland offers a variety of electricity-only, gas-only and dual fuel plans to consumers and business customers.

Electric Ireland’s cheapest gas, electricity and dual fuel plans

Fuel type Plan Name Price
Electricity SuperSaver (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €897
Gas SuperSaver (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €654
Dual Fuel SuperSaver (Direct Debit & Online Billing) €1,551

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The above table shows Electric Ireland’s cheapest electricity, gas and dual fuel plans, and what they would cost the average electricity, gas and dual fuel customer for the first year. According to the CRU, the average electricity customer uses 4,200 kWh per year, while the average gas customer user 11,000 kWh.

To compare these plans to tariffs from other suppliers, check out our free energy comparison tool. You’ll just need to enter a few short details and then you can see how your current deal compares to other deals available on the market, and how much you can save by switching.

About Electric Ireland Gas and Electricity

Electric Ireland is a dual-fuel supplier which supplies electricity to 1.2 million customers and gas to 150,000 customers in Ireland.

Electric Ireland is the supply division of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which was established in 1927 and was the former monopoly electricity company in Ireland. The company rebranded to Electric Ireland in 2011.

Electric Ireland price changes

Electric Ireland’s most recent price change, which comes into effect from 1 October 2020, will see a 3.4% increase to their residential electricity prices, which equates to an increase of approximately €2.88 per month on the average residential electricity bill.

Electric Ireland announced a 2.5% decrease to their residential electricity and 11.5% decrease to residential gas prices, a saving of €22 and €78 respectively, from 1 April 2020.

On 1 August 2018, Electric Ireland increased its electricity and gas prices by 6.2% and 8% respectively. The increase added €56 onto the average annual electricity bill and €55 onto the average annual gas bill.

This was the second price hike from the supplier in 2018 - Electric Ireland also increased its electricity prices by 4% on 1 February 2018.

In the years prior to the price rise announcements, Electric Ireland made 3 cuts to both its gas and electricity prices, as follows:

  • 17 November 2014 - 2.4% cut to electricity rates
  • 1 April 2015 - 2.5% cut to gas rates
  • 16 November 2015 - 3% cut to electricity rates
  • 1 January 2016 - 2.5% cut to gas rates
  • 1 June 2016 - 6% cut to electricity rates
  • 1 October 2016 - 5% cut to gas rates

How does Electric Ireland generate gas and electricity?

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) requires that electricity suppliers disclose the sources they use to generate their energy each year. The fuel mix used by Electric Ireland in 2019 is outlined below.

Electric Ireland Fuel Mix 2019

  • Gas 44%
  • Renewable 47.5%
  • Coal 2.8%
  • Peat 4.5%
  • Other 1.3%

Carbon dioxide emissions: 284 kg CO2 per MWh
National average is 254 kg CO2 per MWh
Source: CRU - 2019 Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions Report

Energy Switching FAQ’s

Are there limits to how many times I can change supplier?

You may change suppliers as often as you like, but your old supplier may charge for cancellation or early termination if you don’t give sufficient notice or you cancel during the minimum term.

Can I revert my decision to change energy supplier?

Under consumer protection laws you have a statutory 14-day cooling-off period. Contact your new supplier if you should change your mind during this period and you can cancel the switch free of charge.

How soon can my energy switch be completed?

As per industry standard, it can usually take 7-14 days for your switch to be carried out. The time it takes for your switch to be completed will depend on the supplier, however, it shouldn’t take any longer than 28 days. Your new supplier will coordinate the switch with your old supplier. It’s important to make sure that you are out of contract with your current supplier before you sign up with a new supplier.

How will I know that my energy switch is complete?

You should receive a welcome pack and price plan information from your new supplier.

I've decided on a new energy supplier/deal - what's next?

So, you have found a new energy deal and submitted an application form to make the switch to a new supplier.

Once your new supplier receives and confirms your application, they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, so you don’t need to worry about that. Remember, though, that if you decide to switch while you’re still on a discounted tariff with your current supplier, you will have to pay an early exit fee.

After your switch, you’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. Once this is done, you should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits to this supplier, too.

All energy suppliers use the same network and pipes to provide energy to your home, so you won’t have any interruption in supply.

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