Domestic and Business Electricity Bills Set For Increase

By Seamus Whelehan


Cork county council are to make a submission to the Commission of Energy Regulation ahead of tomorrow’s deadline (Friday 30 June) on a consultation period on a possible increase to our electricity bills.
The CER are proposing a 27% increase to a government PSO levy designed to offset the production of electricity through renewable sources.
The rise would see the domestic bill increase to a rate of €8.27 a month with small business facing a levy of €28.79 a month.
If applied the escalation would see a cumulative increase of 414% since 2011 on the domestic bill before vat is added.
The rise would net an income of almost €500million for the government to reinvest in the amount of renewable energy created here.
Currently Ireland are producing 25% of its electricity through a mix of green energy sources however the government must hit its EU target of 40% by 2020 or face a fine of €360million.
Cllr Des O’Grady said he “condemned” the pending increase, labelling it “another tax by stealth. “
Cllr Seamus McGrath said he found the flat charge nature of the levy as “very unequitable and regressive.”
He said “it’s highly regressive that someone living in a super mansion with public lighting around their entrance and many types of excessive energy would be paying the same level as a normal householder.”
“That’s wrong it should be based on usage.”