Here in Ireland up until 2009 there was only one supplier of domestic
Electricity (ESB) . In 2009 both Bord Gais and Airtricity entered
the domestic Electricity market with lower prices.
ESB (Electric Ireland ) , Bord Gais and Airtricity and Energia are the 4 main residential
electricity suppliers in Ireland. The newer companies have undercut
the semi state provider (ESB Elecric Ireland)) and are spending loads on advertising
campaigns to try and get new customers. Since mid 2011 ESB changed names to Electric Ireland and their prices
are no longer set by the energy regulator and they are allowed to
set their own prices now.
See more here about Cheapest
Electricity Prices in Ireland .
Gas is becoming more widely available in smaller towns - previously
it was only available in cities like Dublin, Cork Limerick and Galway.
Bord Gais is the semi state supplier - but it now has four
competitors - Flogas , Energia Airtricity and Electric
Ireland can also supply gas to residential customers.
See this Comparison
of Gas Prices in Ireland.
Heating Oil (kerosene
usually) is still one of the major fuels for home heating outside
the cities. Solid fuels like turf/peat wood and coal still play an
important part too. Wood pellets are becoming more popular since the
government introduced grants to assist with installation costs.
oil (Kerosene) prices in Ireland in early 2015 is around 78c
per litre including VAT . This has fallen over the past year as oil prices fell.
Most Fuel prices in Ireland rose in 2010 because of a new Carbon Tax
introduced in the December 2009 Budget
More about Carbon
Tax in Ireland here