All the electricity providers in Ireland have higher standing charges for rural households compared to urban ones.
ESB Networks assigns the Urban or rural charge rate based on the location of a property.
Rural electricity charges are higher because the electricity suppliers charge a higher standing charge.
ESB Networks charges your Electricity Supplier for use of the Electricity Distribution System.
ESB Networks charge the electricity suppliers €74.28 a year standing charge for urban households and €108.34 a year for rural households. (Exclusive of VAT) .
That is a difference of €34.06 a year.
The logic behind this is that it costs ESB networks more to supply electricity to properties further away from the network.
The electricity suppliers can set their own electricity standing charges. They do not all have to charge customers the same amount.
There is no rural or urban distinction for gas standing charges – because all the gas networks are in urban areas
Urban or Rural Electricity Charges?
You can check if you are on a rural or urban residential standing charge by looking at the top right-hand corner of your electricity bill. You will see either DG1 or DG2 just underneath the MPRN.
Urban customers will be shown as DG1 while DG2 means you are a rural customer.
How much more expensive are Electricity charges for Rural households?
We did a comparison in early 2021 of the annual electricity charges for average usage (4200 kwh). The prices shown are for new customers only.
The cheapest deal currently is available from Energia . Their rural tariff includes €35 cashback and works out at €829 in year one for new customers with average usage. (Use Promo code ELECTJUNE to get this rate)
Cheapest 5 Rural Electricity Prices
|Cost in Year One|
for 4200 KwH
(Cent per KwH)
|Electric Ireland (265 cashback)||€842||€229||18.81|
|Bord Gais Energy||€877||€214||13.68|
|Panda Power (€100 Cashback)||€890||€214||16.33|
These prices are for new customers - so existing customers will probably be paying more.
Figures checked February 1st 2021
On average – a rural household will be charged roughly €45 more a year compared to a household in an urban area. (For the same electricity usage).
Each electricity supplier will charge the same unit rates (kwh) for rural and urban homes – it is just the standing charge that is higher for rural homes.