Community Power is still one of Ireland's relatively new electricity suppliers. From starting in 2019 and holding out throughout the energy crisis, Community Power certainly has some grit. 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?

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Community Power launched 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:

  1. To part fund and manage community-owned renewable energy sources.
  2. To sell electricity to communities and the Irish energy market.
  3. 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

What Are Community Power Rates and 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.

Community Power Rates
Tariff Unit Price Day Unit Price Night Unit Price Standing Charge PSO Levy EAB
Urban 24hr 70.70c/kWh N/A N/A €240.35 €0.00 €3,209.75
Rural 24hr 70.70c/kWH N/A N/A €277.95 €0.00 €3,247.35
Urban Night N/A 75.91c/kWH 37.52c/kWH €240.35 €0.00 €2,622.38
Rural Night N/A 75.91c/kWH 37.52c/kWH €277.95 €0.00 €2,659.98

Calculations based on average consumption figures. Last updated: October 2022

What Are the 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.

Community Power Smart Meter Rates
Period Time Cost
Day 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
71.83c/kWH
Night 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. 36.05c/kWh
Peak 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 77.05c/kWH
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Prices current as of October 2022

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.

Cheapest Electricity Offer per Supplier
Supplier Best offer Price per year
Bright Energy Has stopped trading No longer available
Bord Gáis Energy 10% Discount €2,103.00
Community Power Standard €3,209.75
Ecopower 25% Discount €1,759.42
Electric Ireland 5.5% Discount
€100 Cashback
€1,870.00
Energia 10% Discount €1,608.34
Flogas 20% Discount €1,892.40
Glowpower

Standard

€3,036.55
Iberdrola Has stopped trading No longer available
Panda Power Has stopped trading No longer available
Pinergy Smart Tariff €2,072.46
Prepay Power Time of day tariff €1,959.80
SSE Airtricity 10% Discount
€100 Cashback
€1,964.40
Waterpower Standard €2,616.43
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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: October 2022

What Are Community Power Reviews Like?

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Community Power has just nine reviews on Google. All but one of the customers that left Community Power reviews gave the supplier a five-star rating.

With just a 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.

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How Can I 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 at 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.

Is There a 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

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How Can I Contact Contact Community Power?

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See our dedicated Community Power contact page for details on how to reach the company via their online contact form, by letter, by email or by directly phoning the contact number of 067-56005. Agents are available weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm except bank holidays.

What Is Community Power Fuel Mix?

Community Power gets 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 launched 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.

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