The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) is the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of Ireland's electricity and gas sectors..The then CER was initially established and granted regulatory powers over the electricity market in 1999 and the natural gas industry in 2002. CRU continuously monitors the electricity and gas markets and ensures that competition develops and customers benefit from the development of competition.
CRU oversees a free and easy switching process allowing all electricity and gas customers switch energy suppliers. CRU encourages customers to "shop around" and look for better offers and discounts from energy suppliers at the end of a contract and when their discount period ceases.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has no function in setting prices for the supply of electricity or gas.
www.bonkers.ie or www.switcher.ie provides consumers with a transparent and impartial way to compare energy tariffs. It will also help them find the best gas and electricity provider for their needs. CRU also provides a list of electricity and gas providers with some helpful hints and tips on switching.