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Colreavy calls on domestic electricity prices to be reduced

9 December, 2014 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that more needs to be done to reduce the price of electricity in people’s homes.

Speaking following the launch of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s Annual Report, Deputy Colreavy said:

“A lot of good work has been done in the energy sector in Ireland.

“SEAI’s report indicates that CO2 emissions fell in the year 2013 to their lowest level on record.

“In the face of climate change targets this is certainly a positive step.

“However, one glaring issue from this report is that Ireland has the fourth most expensive electricity cost for domestic customers in the EU, significantly above the European average.

“At this time of the year, when the weather has become significantly colder, people should not be afraid to turn on the heating in their homes for fear of extortionate bills.

“Action must be taken by the Commission for Energy Regulation to tackle these high prices.

“The government must also take seriously the issue of fuel poverty, which puts marginalised groups at risk each winter.”

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