THE Belfast-based renewable energy group, Energia is continuing to win a large slice of the Irish business energy market.
Since January, when it began supplying gas to small and medium (SME) businesses, it has signed up more than 2,500 of the 18,000 SME companies in Ireland.
Energia is taking the fight to Bord Gáis in that arena and is also going head to head with Airtricity in the renewable wind energy sector, said Alan Mulcahy, business markets manager at Energia.
In the gas market “we’ve gone after the small business users, of which there are about 18,000 and we have had great success”, he said.
“We are going head to head with Bord Gáis and we continue to grow,” he said.
Energia has been taking an integrated approach to the market in Ireland where it is active across the entire island at this stage.
It was recently awarded a €2.5 million contract to supply more than 19GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity to five city council sites in Cork — equivalent to powering more than 4,000 homes.
By using the group’s renewable energy capacity, Cork City Council will cut its carbon footprint by 10,400 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Energia also offers customers an energy efficiency programme that can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%, said Mr Mulcahy.
The contract offers the council a reduction of up to 10% on its electricity bills.
John Walsh, manager of Cork City Energy Agency, said the contract reflected Cork City Council’s commitment “to various environmental initiatives, which have resulted in reducing energy and in saving much-needed finance”.
“It will supply electricity to the city council’s largest energy users such as the City Hall and the Jack Lynch Tunnel,” he said.
Energia says that switching is simple and offers savings of up to 10% to businesses.
“We work with companies and public sector organisations throughout the country to deliver cost-effective energy solutions that deliver real value for money,” said Mr Mulcahy.
A member of the Viridian Group, Energia has 250MW of renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, the majority of which is operational, with a further 300MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland.
Energia also sources conventional power from the group’s power stations in north Dublin, and it has invested €500m with the capability to supply up to 17% of the electricity requirements on an all-island basis.
It is also a client of SWS of Bandon, which supplies some of its renewable electricity needs.
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