Power NI 'Back In The Game'
Power NI is celebrating several prestigious contract wins that have really stirred up the local electricity market. A recent easing of restraints by the Energy Regulator has, for the first time in many years, enabled the local electricity supplier to compete head on with other suppliers in competitive tenders to supply ‘large users’ across many sectors, including the burgeoning manufacturing industry. These restrictions had effectively ruled Power NI out of tendering for higher value contracts for many years. They were obliged to stick to a rigid set of ‘benchmark’ tariffs and could not tailor offers to suit individual customers’ needs.
Power NI’s Business Sales and Marketing Manager Alan Egner explains, but first clarifies their name change: “NIE Energy changed name for two reasons, EU legislation and the sale of our once sister organisation, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), to another company outside our group. “NIE remains responsible for operating and maintaining the local electricity network. As a ‘retailer’ of electricity, Power NIs focus is on bills, payments and helping customers improve their energy efficiency.” While the Regulator’s restrictions were in place, Alan acknowledges how some customers may have misinterpreted a lack of keenness or interest on Power NI’s part but he explains this was never the case.
“It certainly was a very frustrating time for us but I am delighted to say that we are very much back in the game, offering personalised, competitively priced deals for these larger users. This new found freedom and flexibility has allowed us to win several big contracts recently including deals with IKEA, Belfast Metropolitan College, Premier Inns and Omniplex Cinemas. After a decade of competition, Power NI has retained a sizable market share and is still the largest supplier here with around 30,000 SMEs on their books. They are also seeing more customers return than ever before with over 500 switching back from other suppliers in the last year alone. Pioneers of eco energy, being the first company to bring renewable energy alternatives to the local market, Power NI certainly practice what they preach. “In addition to bringing greater choice for customers, we have a full range of products and services including discounted fixed and variable contracts, green energy options plus energy efficiency s and special offers to help our customers cut their energy costs. “And we’re ambassadors of our own energy saving tips with energy saving lighting and controlled heating installed at our three premises in Belfast, Antrim and Omagh.” In conclusion Alan sates: “With our unrivalled history and heritage as an energy supplier in this part of the world, Power NI’s customers know they are in safe hands. We look forward to building our portfolio of clients and continuing to provide businesses here with great value for money and the highest standards of customer service.” For more details contact Power NI at 08457 455 455 or visit www.powerni.co.uk/contract