Energy firms pledge no cut-offs
NO household in the country will have their electricity or gas supply disconnected this winter if they build up arrears.
Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte said yesterday he had agreed with the energy companies that there would be no disconnections so long as families agree to a pay plan or agree to have a pay-as-you-go meter installed.
Almost 50 homes and businesses had their electricity cut off every day between August 2009 and December 2010 because they could not pay their bills.
There was a huge spike in the numbers being disconnected during 2010 for non-payment of amounts owed, with the number of properties cut off peaking at over 2,300 during last July.
Electricity providers such as the ESB and Bord Gais have said the "de-energising" of customers is a last resort.