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Beggs urges consumers to shop around following Power NI 18% electricity price hike

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 … Continue reading

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Roy Thanks Emergency Responders to Severe Weather in East Antrim

Roy Beggs MLA, who has lobbied on behalf of constituents isolated by huge snow drifts, without electricity and without water, has praised the efforts of NI Water, NIE and the Roads Service staff but indicated that efforts needed to continue. Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim, said,“The extreme March weather has caused huge disruption to our roads, and the electricity and water supply to many. The Roads Service snow ploughs operators, local farmers and contractors have made most roads passable with care and must be thanked for their huge effort to date. I have nothing but admiration for the efforts of the NIE and NI Water engineers who braved the harsh conditions to return power and water to many homes and businesses. I would ask everyone to look out for vulnerable neighbours who may be suffering from the extreme weather condition.” In the rural area around Carrickfergus and … Continue reading

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More Criminal Damage at Electricity Sub Stations

Roy Beggs MLA has called for support from the public to help police identify those who caused the criminal damage at the Joymount Electrical Substation in Carrickfergus on Friday night. The Ulster Unionist MLA said “The deliberate damage caused to the electrical supply resulted in the loss of power to thousands of homes within the Carrickfergus Area. Whilst the loss of lighting is inconvenient and causes unnecessary risks, the loss of electrical power also results in central heating systems being unable to operate. This has resulted in vulnerable individuals -the old and the young coming more susceptible to cold weather. Those who deliberately damaged this property have not only risked their own lives but the lives of others. They have also caused significant unnecessary cost to electricity users in terms of the emergency actions that had to be carried out and the subsequent repairs. All of this will ultimately have … Continue reading

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