Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said there were a concerning number of gas and electricity disconnections in 2012.
Speaking following the release of the Commission for Energy Regulation’s Electricity and Gas Retail Markets Annual Report for 2012, Deputy Colreavy said, “Over 14,000 homes were disconnected from electricity in 2012 and over 7,000 homes were disconnected from gas. The number of gas disconnections has increased by 82%.”
Deputy Colreavy added, “The Commission for Energy Regulation must act to introduce guidelines to allow families to budget their electricity and gas usage better. Currently only customers in significant arrears can avail of the prepay metering system,” he said, insisting, “Prepay meters must become available to all customers should they wish to use them. This would help families to better manage their electricity and gas bills.”
Deputy Colreavy concluded by saying, “Fuel poverty is an issue that must be taken seriously by this government and the number of disconnections must be significantly reduced.”