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Sinn Féin call for action over high electricity charges for business sector

12 November, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA and Deputy Chair of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee, Paul Butler, has called on the Utility Regulator to bring forward proposals to reduce the high electricity prices in the business sector. 

Speaking earlier Mr Butler said:

“Many businesses have voiced concern that they are finding it increasing difficult to survive the present economic climate due to the high costs of electricity and energy. Energy bills in some cases up to 40% are being imposed on them by the Regulator and this could see business closures and job losses

“I welcome the announcement of the Utility Regulator to hold an inquiry into this matter but we need to see the Regulator bringing forward measures that are going to help reduce the costs facing the business sector in these difficult economic times.  This is a matter of urgency and the Regulator needs to take action quickly to help many businesses survive.

“In the longer term energy efficiency and renewable energy needs to be at the heart of the Executive’s planning in the time ahead to help our economy and businesses reduce their overall energy and electricity cost. It has already been shown that business can make savings by introducing such measures.”

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