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 only 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 €31 a year more a year standing charge for rural compared to urban households.
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.
Cheapest Electricity charges for Rural households.
We did a comparison in mid February 2024 of the annual rural electricity charges for average usage (4200 kwh). The prices shown are for new customers only on a 1 year contract.
A deal available with Yuno Energy through One Big Switch currently has the lowest price in year one – at €1404 in year one. (Includes €20 cashback) This is a fixed-rate deal . (A smart meter will be needed but they can arrange for that to be installed once you sign up.)
SSE Airtricity has the second lowest price – at €1443 in year one. You can get this offer at the Switcher website.
Cheapest Rural Electricity Prices
|Cost in Year One
for 4200 KwH
|One Big Switch (Yuno)
These prices are for new customers - so existing customers will probably be paying more.
Figures checked Feb 19th 2024
On average – a rural household is charged roughly €40 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.