West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Sinn Fein seeking clarity from Power NI and Utility Regulator over electricity price hike

Published: 29 May, 2013

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that her party is concerned that the 17.8% price increase announced by Power NI today may be the first step in efforts to make domestic consumers and small businesses pay more to allow price reductions for large businesses.

She said:

"In recent weeks our party has been provided with statistical information from the Utility Regulator that large business users are paying comparatively more than their competitors in most other member states in Europe pay.

"This is an unacceptable situation for our large users.

"Unfortunately, the solution being put forward by some to resolve this matter is simply to bring in a price hike for domestic customers and small businesses.

"We are concerned that this increase may be the first step in efforts to make domestic consumers and small businesses pay more to allow price reductions for large businesses.

"This is an unacceptable solution to the problem and we have sought clarity from both Power NI and the Utility Regulator that this price hike is not being implemented to subsidise the price large users pay for electricity.

"Many households and small businesses across the north cannot afford such a substantial increase in electricity prices and if it turns out that they are going to pay more in order to subside large users, then this will leave a sour taste in many people's mouths."