Community Power is one of Ireland's newest electricity suppliers. Find out how much the electricity supplier charges and read customer reviews so that you can decide if you should make the switch to Community Power today.
What is Community Power?
Community Power lauched in November 2019 as Ireland's first community-owned electricity supplier. The renewable supplier's origins lie with Templederry Wind Farm in County Tipperary, which is 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 (mainly hydro and wind) across Ireland and sells it on to users.
The company has strong ties to local communities and is endorsed by several energy co-operatives. It is also 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
Community Power 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).
The following table breaks down the Community Power electricity rates. We've also calculated the estimated annual bill (EAB) for the average household, which consumes 4,200 kWh of electricity per year.
|Tariff||Unit Price||Day Unit Price||Night Unit Price||Standing Charge||PSO Levy||EAB|
Community Power Smart Meter Rates
In March 2021, smart meters went live for Irish households. With smart meters being put to use, Community Power also launched its own smart meter rates for customers that already have these next-generation meters installed.
Community Power customers with smart meters can now take advantage of cheaper electricity rates during off-peak times. The table below shows the smart meters hours and rates. Your total spend will vary depending when you consume electricity.
|Day||8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
|Night||11 p.m. - 8 a.m.||12.46c/kWh|
|Peak||5 p.m. - 7 p.m.||20.7c/kWH|
How do Community Power rates compare to other suppliers?
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|
|Bord Gáis Energy||36% Discount||€854.99|
|Electric Ireland||5.5% Discount
|SSE Airtricity||10% Discount
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*Figures are for illustrative purposes only. Calculations based on average consumption figures for an urban home with a 24-hour standard meter. All discounts and cashback have been applied. Last updated: May 2021
Community Power Reviews
Community Power has just seven reviews on Google. All of the customers that left Community Power reviews gave the supplier a five-star rating.
With just few reviews, it's difficult to apply this information to all of Community Power's customers. However, the lack of even just one negative review leads us to believe that Community Power customers are pretty satisfied with the service.
In the majority of the reviews, customers reported they were pleased to be with a supplier that supports developing renewable energy projects in local communities.
Delighted to buy my electricity from Community Power and help support community owned renewable energy projects.
Switch to Community Power
To switch to Community Power, you can either call the supplier or switch online. You'll need to provide the following details in order to switch:
- Connection type (DG1, DG2, Community, Commercial)
- Your name, address, phone and email
- Your MPRN
- Meter type (24hr, Nightsaver)
- A current meter reading
To complete the registration process, 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
Community Power has the same electricity unit rates for business customers as it does for residential customers. However, the electricity standing charge may vary. In addition to traditional business, farmers can also join Community Power!
To sign up your business (or farm) to Community Power, you will need to provide the same information as domestic customers. This includes the following:
- Your connection type (Commercial - DG5)
- Your name, address, phone number and email
- The 11-digit MPRN number
- A current meter reading
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.
|Online contact form||Contact form|
|Community Power Facebook|
|Community Power Twitter|
Community Power Fuel Mix
Community Power get its electricity from 100% renewable sources. However, this data is not reported by the CRU because calculations are always done for the previous year. Since Community Power launced at the end of 2019, it is not yet included in the CRU fuel mix report.
Community Power says it gets most of its energy from hydro generators. It also intends to start building community owned solar farms this year. The supplier says its goal is to produce its own renewable energy that is community owned rather than offsetting its carbon emissions to improve its fuel mix credentials.