ESB are offering €30 vouchers to encourage using electricity at off-peak times

By Fiona Frawley

September 27, 2022 at 5:28pm

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ESB Networks intend to give away thousands of €30 vouchers to encourage people to use electricity outside of peak times.

The initiative comes as the country looks to avoid blackouts and outages this winter, the Examiner reports. ESB intends to give vouchers to up to 60,000 customers who participate in the scheme - this could be doubled to 120,000 “depending on the uptake and success of the scheme”.

Although it has not yet been specified what form the vouchers will take, ESB told the Examiner that the cost of living crisis was the "number one topic at the forefront of customers’ minds", suggesting that the vouchers should ideally be spendable on every day items.

Last month, ESB released "Beat the Peak", a set of proposals which suggested giving financial incentives to customers to use their electricity outside of peak times.

In this set of proposals, ESB said it wanted to “play (its) part” in ensuring continuity of supply for Irish consumers.

They said “there is a possibility of electricity generation shortages” this winter, especially at the peak times of 5pm-7pm. This could be accelerated at times when sustainable sources such as wind are low.

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