Energy: What's in the pipeline?

Consider a tale of two bills. Domestic gas charges rose 25 per cent in October on the back of a 60-per-cent hike in world gas prices.

7th January, 2006

Consider a tale of two bills. Domestic gas charges rose 25 per cent in October on the back of a 60-per-cent hike in world gas prices. But household electricity bills barely edged ahead of inflation, with a 3 per cent increase that took effect last week, even though almost half of Ireland's power comes from gas-fired stations.

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER),which sanctions Bord Gáis and ESB price increases, gave electricity customers a break this time....

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