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Written Answers - Energy Sector

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 356.  Deputy Dara Murphy Information on Dara Murphy Zoom on Dara Murphy  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been charged €960 by Bord Gais Networks and €390 by ESB Networks to have their [849]meter moved while they are having insulation installed on the outside walls of their home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16300/12]

 361.  Deputy Dara Murphy Information on Dara Murphy Zoom on Dara Murphy  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  if approval was sought from the energy regulator for a price increase from Bord Gáis Networks and in the case of the ESB Networks the introduction of charging, when an individual moves their metering box for the purposes of having insulation installed on the outside of their home and or any other building work carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16297/12]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte I propose to take Question Nos. 356 and 361 together.

The relocation or alteration of a meter due to home renovations is a matter for Bord Gáis Networks or ESB Networks, as appropriate. As such it is an operational matter for the companies and not one in which I have any function. The Commission for Energy Regulation, a statutorily independent body established under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, has responsibility for overseeing the regulation of Ireland’s electricity and gas sectors, including the regulation of tariffs and connection fees.


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