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Electricity firm pulls the plug on 1,100 NI customers

By Michael McHugh

Open Electric has ceased supplying power to 1,100 customers in Northern Ireland.

The Utility Regulator revoked the firm's licence, and accounts have been switched automatically to Power NI.

Regulator chief executive, Jenny Pyper, said: "We have been carefully watching market developments in general, particularly over the last few weeks, and have been speaking with suppliers.

"As soon as we decided that Open Electric's licence should be revoked, we activated established arrangements to ensure that affected customers did not lose their electricity supply and were transferred seamlessly to Power NI.

"Open Electric's customers have now all been transferred to Power NI on the same tariff basis as Power NI's existing customers."

Customers who pay by Direct Debit or pay when they receive a bill, do not need to do anything further at present. However, they will need to contact Power NI to set up their preferred payment option, as bank details have not been passed on.

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