BORD GÁIS is to maintain prices at their current level despite significant increases in wholesale gas costs over the past year.
In a proposal submitted to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), the company announced their plans to maintain price levels for residential and SME sectors from October 1. This is the fourth consecutive price review by Bord Gáis where it has kept its price static, resulting in a decrease in prices of over 25% since May 2009.
Bord Gáis chief executive John Mullins said they were very pleased to be able to maintain prices despite an increase in wholesale energy costs. He added that Bord Gáis is calling on the CER to publish a roadmap to gas deregulation.
“We look forward to being able to provide more value to our customers on a dual fuel basis when the gas market is fully deregulated,” he said.
More than 350,000 customers have moved over to Bord Gáis from the ESB to avail of cheaper electricity since the launch of the ‘Big Switch’ advertising campaign last year.
Bord Gáis has offered electricity rates 10%-14% lower than the ESB for the first 12 months after switching, with prices of up to 10% lower than the ESB in the second year.
Bord Gáis says about 1,000 people are switching over every day.
“The figures are down to the fact that we are offering customers a chance to make savings on their electricity during this difficult time,” he said.
The spokesperson added that more regulated costs on the delivery of gas had facilitated the decision to maintain current prices.
A final determination on gas prices will be made by the CER in early September.
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