PSO Levy increase will add €32 to Annual Electricity Bills

Another increase to the PSO levy is expected in October this year.
The proposed increase will mean an additional €32.28 a year  on household electricity bills (including VAT).
The PSO Levy (Public Service Obligation)  is a charge that all electricity customers in Ireland have to pay. It helps to cover the costs associated with producing sustainable and renewable energy in Ireland.

The PSO levy is currently €5.90 a month (ex VAT) and it is due to rise to €8.27 a month from October 2017  – which is an increase of 40%. The total annual PSO Levy per customer from October 2017 will be €118.50 inclusive of VAT if this increase is agreed. (An increase from €70.80). As you can  see from previous articles on the PSO Levy – after this latest  increase  it will have risen from €19.33 in 2011.
The final decision on the increase will be known in August or September.

The PSO levy is charged to all electricity customers at the same  flat rate – regardless of how much electricity is used.  So a single person using very small amounts of electricity will pay the same PSO levy as a large family using much more electricity.

There have been suggestions now and in the past to charge the PSO levy based on a percentage of electricity usage – so higher usage means a higher PSO levy.
The government say this can’t be done because of EU rules. Apparently this is to do with the fact that levies tied to consumption that help Irish energy producers can’t be applied to imported electricty too.

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One thought on “PSO Levy increase will add €32 to Annual Electricity Bills

  1. This is totally unacceptable – at present the consumer pays approximately 48% on top of the power they use. This 48% is charged on the following:
    Standing Charge
    PSO levy.

    The cost for the installation of green renewable energy has come down significantly and the PSO levy should in fact track the reduction in the installed cost not the subsidies the government bodies have been able to negotiate with the providers.
    The cost was $135 per megawatt-hour in 2009 and was $59 in 2014. It is still falling!

    It seems the consumer is paying for the weakness in government negotiations with these investors. Its time to raise this issue with the electricity regulator and show your dissatisfaction.

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