I was talking yesterday to a dentist who has a client working as a manager in Airtricity. The manager reported to him that he was arranging an emergency meeting with the minister for finance. The problem was that they were switching off 10,000 (thats ten thousand) customers a month for non payment of electricity bills and his major concern was “that the winter weather had not started yet”. This is not being fully reported Thomas. If folk cannot pay their electricity bills it means they are desperate. If you add ESB and Bord Gais I reckon there is probably 30,000 accounts being switched off each month. Thus people are in dire straits.
The same manager reported that “smart” electricity meters were going to be introduced on houses. These meters allow one guage what the peak time of usage is and allows the electricity company charge what it wants, when it wants. The strategy is to start over charging “those people who work” because “they can pay”. They point out that unless they go down this route all the energy companies will go bust due to non payment of bills.
Another item of interest my friend. I have not been in town foe two weeks. In that time 3 businesses around Grafton street have closed. A health care shop (Wicklow Street), a men’s retail shop (Clare Street) and a computer game shop (Dawson Street).
- Bord Gais says moratorium on cutting off supplies for winter (newstalk.ie)
- Airtricity to raise prices by up to 8.5% from October (newstalk.ie)
- Bord Gais to follow competitors with 5pc electricity rise (independent.ie)
- OAPs facing €5 travel charge and electricity cutbacks (independent.ie)
- Bord Gáis Energy to increase electricity prices (newstalk.ie)