200 new jobs as Airtricity enters gas market
Two hundred jobs are to be created after energy giant Airtricity today announced plans to enter the gas market.
The power supplier, which last year secured 200,000 new customers after offering cheaper electricity, claims the new supply could cut a total of €210 off annual household energy bills.
Jobs will be offered in sales, customer service and billing departments with 100 new positions at its headquarters in Sandyford, Dublin and another 100 outsourced.
Eamon Ryan, Energy Minister and Green Party TD, said consumers were reaping the rewards of more competition.
"Our policy of competition in the domestic energy market is reaping dividends for the consumer and wider economy. Airtricity is an innovative company and I wish it well in this venture," he said.
The company said it was on course to supply half a million customers in Ireland by 2013.
Kevin Greenhorn, Airtricity managing director, said: "With the launch of Airtricity's new dual-fuel energy rates, customers will now benefit from real choice, from real competition at last, and from real savings in their gas and electricity costs - putting their money back where it matters most, in their pocket."
Airtricity, which operates 32 wind farms across Europe and is building another 13, claims it is supplying the cheapest household energy in the residential market - gas about 10pc lower than Bord Gais prices and electricity 13pc lower than ESB.
The company, which generates more than two-thirds of its electricity from renewables, claimed its cheaper gas could reduce the average annual bill from €715 to €650 while customers with average electricity bills of €1,225 could save about €145.