Electric Ireland cuts prices - East Coast FM

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Electric Ireland, the biggest supplier in the State, has announced it will decrease its gas and electricity prices for the first time in years. 

Daragh Cassidy, Head of Communications at, appeared on East Coast FM to discuss the news, and whether this means prices will finally return to normality.

Listen to the interview above or look at the main points discussed below.

Main points from the interview:

  • Electric Ireland’s price decrease follows price reductions by both Energia and Pinergy.
  • The price of Electric Ireland’s electricity will go down by 10%, and the price of gas will go down by 12%.
  • According to Electric Ireland, this will save the average electricity customer €200 annually, and around the same for gas. 
  • However, prices still remain at elevated levels. The €200 government supports helped soften the blow of the high prices last winter.
  • If the government decides not to reintroduce supports, it could potentially leave households worse off than last winter.
  • Additionally, the rate of VAT on gas and electricity is due to increase back to 13.5%, from 9%. If this is allowed to happen, households will again be worse off. 
  • It is well worth switching energy providers, as discounted rates are still available. While discounts are not as high as they were last year, there is still money to be saved.
  • Wholesale prices, while falling, are still far higher than they were before the war in Ukraine. 
  • Inflation remains high, and pay is not generally keeping up with the rate of price increases. Therefore, one of the only ways to ensure you keep money in your pocket is to switch and save on your household bills. 

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