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Appeal will lead to lower bills

I HOPE that the headline on your lead story, which focuses on the costs to customers of the Northern Ireland Electricity appeal (News, April 16) does not distract attention from the fact that there will likely be a £10 reduction in household bills, as well as a further potential refund for customers.

This stems from reducing NIE's maximum regulated revenues (the basis for the price control) by £67m, which dwarfs the costs of the appeal. I can understand why these costs won't be welcome, but it should be remembered that they result from an appeal which has led to significantly lower bills.

MARTIN CAVE

Chairman, NI Electricity Inquiry Group/deputy panel chair, Competition and Markets Authority

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