Sunday 18 August 2019

Energy providers will be forced to show customers how to save cash


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Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Energy providers will be forced to tell customers how to reduce household bills under measures in the Government's new Climate Change Action Plan.

Electricity and gas suppliers will be compelled to give customers detailed information on how they use energy.

They will also have to make customers aware of areas where they can make potential cost savings.

A new smart metering programme will see the mechanical meters in every home replaced by 2024 to facilitate better management of energy demand and cost savings for customers.

The measures are included in proposals within the plan that aim to de-carbonise electricity use and promote renewable energies.

It suggests energy providers would use regular bills sent to customers to direct them towards ways of making cost and energy savings. The Government sees electricity use as an area where significant gains can be made for people's pockets and the environment.

Electricity accounted for almost one-fifth (19.3pc) of Ireland's greenhouse gasses in 2017. Lowering these emissions is seen as a way of de-carbonising daily electricity use, and will be aligned with moves towards harnessing renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Homes will also be able to benefit from a number of schemes aimed at enabling people to sell excess electricity they produce back to the grid under a series of micro-generation initiatives, such as solar power.

A scheme providing grants of up to 30pc towards the installation costs for solar panels at homes will be expanded and energy market rules changed next year to allow excess energy produced by homes to be sold to the grid.

Irish Independent

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