Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist MLA, has urged electricity users to send a message to Power NI by considering alternative suppliers, following their announcement of an 18% increase in electricity prices.
Roy Beggs MLA said, ‘The increase of 18% in electricity charges by Power NI, will have come as a major blow to many struggling consumers. It is time that consumers consider other suppliers as Power NI, who supply 80% of NI consumers are continuing to maximise their profits, restricted only by the tariff limit set by the utility regulator.
I would urge all electricity users to look for savings by consider the charges of the different electricity suppliers. The Consumer Council provides a price comparison table and also good independent advice on switching suppliers. It is now easier than ever to switch suppliers. I would urge electricity users to avail of the open competition and send a message by considering alternative suppliers. But do read all the fine print before finalising any contract.”
The other electricity suppliers are expected to set out there future cost shortly. But as they are seeking to grow their market share, it is expected that they will continue to provide a better value electricity than Power NI.
In conclusion Roy Beggs said, “It is also important to minimise our energy usage by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances. Consumers should also examine billing options as savings can be made irrespective of supplier”.