SSE Airtricity follows Firmus lead by cutting gas bills

SSE Airtricity, the north’s largest provider of natural gas, will reduce its gas prices by 18.7 per cent from April, saving a typical customer £107 a year
Gary McDonald Business Editor

SSE Airtricity has become the latest energy supply firm announcing big cuts in its gas bills following a fall in wholesale prices.

The company, which has 168,000 domestic and small business customers in greater Belfast and in the west of Northern Ireland, will decrease its prices by 18.7 per cent from April 1.

For the average customer, that relates to a saving of £107.73 a year, equivalent to £2.07 a week.

It is the largest gas price decrease in greater Belfast in the last ten years, and the first decrease by SSE Airtricity since 2016.

The reduction follows consultation with the utility regulator, Consumer Council and Department of the Economy, who have all welcomed the SSE reduction.

Its regional general manager Andrew Greer said: “This is welcome news for our customers who chose to switch to greener energy with SSE Airtricity. We are committed to delivering value and savings while providing the outstanding service that our customers expect from us.”

On Wednesday firmus energy said it was dropping its prices by 21 per cent across its Ten Towns network area, where it has around 48,000 customers, though at this stage the cuts won't apply for 50,000 users in its Greater Belfast area.

Meanwhile the utility regulator has begun a review with Power NI regarding its domestic regulated tariffs and says it expects an announcement in the coming months, with the likelihood that its bills will drop too.

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