Who is Community Power?
Community Power is the latest electricity provider to arrive in the Irish energy market. Launched in November 2019, the company is a community-owned renewable electricity supplier.
Community Power’s origins lie with Templederrry Wind Farm in County Tipperary, also a first of its kind in Ireland as a community-owned wind farm.
Nowadays Community Power purchases electricity from small and micro renewable energy generators across Ireland (mainly hydro and wind) and sells it on to users.
The company has strong ties to local communities and is endorsed by several energy co-operatives and supported as part of the European Regional Development Fund.
Community Power’s main three pillars of action are:
- To part fund and manage community-owned renewable energy sources.
- To sell electricity to communities and the Irish energy market.
- To provide a structure of ownership for local and small energy producers and keep revenue generated in the community, benefitting local economies.
Community energy groups collaborating with Community Power include:
- Aran Islands Energy Co-op
- Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-op
- Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative
- Templederry Wind Farm
- Community Power Limerick
- Friends of the Earth
Rates & Prices
Community Power’s rates and pricing structure is clear and transparent. There are no “gimmicks” or discounts for new customers, both existing and new pay the same. The company is currently the only one in Ireland that does not charge an exit fee (normally €50 per fuel per contract year).
|Tariff||Unit Price||Day Unit Price||Night Unit Price||Standing Charge||PSO Levy||Yearly Average|
In the table below, you can see how Community Power rates compare to the offers from other electricity suppliers. You can see that although it's not the cheapest supplier on the market its prices are still competitive.
|Supplier||Best offer||Price per year|
|Electric Ireland||5.5% Discount
|BE Energy||28% off unit rate
20% off standing charge
|Bord Gáis Energy||32% Discount||€832.11|
|SSE Airtricity||10% Discount
|Pinergy||40% off from 6pm-10pm||€1,045.63|
Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: November 2020
Community Power Reviews
We'd recommend doing a full comparison before you switch energy supplier. There are no reviews available online yet for Community Power, we will continue to monitor for new reviews and update this section as they become available.
How to switch to Community Power
The process for switching to Community Power is a little more involved and less interactive than switching to other providers online. While in theory, you should be able to switch over the phone, as with other electricity suppliers, in practice on the Community Power website when looking to switch you are directed to a page where you need to fill in personal details.
Information you’ll need to provide includes:
- Connection type (DG1, DG2, Community, Commercial).
- Name, address, phone and email.
- Your MPRN
- Current meter reading
- Meter type (24hr, Nightsaver) and meter reading.
Finally, you’ll need to agree to the terms and conditions and choose whether to sign up to online billing or not.
What is my connection type?For residential customers, you can look on your bill for either DG1 or DG2. DG1 indicates your meter has been assigned urban classification for tariffs and standing charges, while DG2 means you have a rural connection.
Community Power Business Customers
Community Power has the same unit rates for business customers as residential customers.
Contact Community Power
In order to get in touch with Community Power, you can contact the company via the online contact form, by letter, by email or by directly phoning the contact number.
Community Power also has several social media channels to which you can address your queries and may even get a faster response than through other channels.