Our Department has no direct function in the setting of gas tariffs. Under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 and the Gas (Interim) (Regulation) Act 2002 , sole responsibility for the regulation of electricity and gas tariffs is a matter for the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), which is an independent statutory body. The CER website is here: www.cer.ie/
Gas prices in the retail gas markets are fully deregulated for all consumers and are no longer regulated by the CER. The CER's regulation of the gas retail prices to domestic consumers ended in July 2014. Gas business prices were deregulated by CER in October 2011. The CER was assigned the function of market monitoring under section 9 of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 (as amended). Please visit the CER website for general information on gas prices.
Given that prices are no longer regulated suppliers set prices as entirely commercial and operational matters for them. Customers can therefore avail of competitive offerings from gas suppliers. Two CER approved websites: www.bonkers.ie and www.switcher.ie are very helpful to consumers wishing to choose the products that best suit their needs and assisting them in switching energy suppliers.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a lead role in developing and maintaining comprehensive national and sectoral statistics for energy. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland website is here: www.seai.ie
SEAI publishes a biannual report entitled “Electricity and Gas Prices in Ireland”. The report covers electricity and natural gas price data published by Eurostat, collected for Ireland and other European countries. The reports by the SEAI are published here.