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Esb treble profits - appalling!

  • 16-09-2022 10:29am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,062 ✭✭✭

    Absolute and utter disgrace in the midst of an energy crisis. Explains why they continue to sneak the standing charges up with all these rises. In fairness rises generally were only for units in the past as tied to gas etc so what is their explanation for increasing standing charges at every single one of these numerous rises for last two years. Surely network maintenance charges have not increased so substantially to warrant it every couple months but profit margins wouldn't treble without this and other disgusting profit over people policy that exists. Their PR spins of having to sadly increase bills due to unprecedented costs to them seems even more farcical now



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 19,714 Mod ✭✭✭✭Mr.S

    Note, this is for ESB Group as a whole, not just their residential and commercial electricity / gas supply devision.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,020 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    Ah, should have got a well paid job with a defined benefit pension in the ESB. Damn!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    I used to work close to a big ESB office building. Those people were living the dhream I think, knocking off at around 4.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    All the profits go back to the exchequer anyway. A non story.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,087 ✭✭✭Allinall

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,397 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    Absolute scummy carry on. Sure look you'll have the usual cohort who will defend this carry on.

    The next govt. Who try privatise any national entity should be hung for treason.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,062 ✭✭✭irishchris

    Irregardless of who it goes to it's our pockets that are emptying for it. A true story!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Regardless, not "irregardless"(sic)

    View it as another tax. The money goes to the exchequer. The same exchequer that funds these silly €200 grants.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,028 ✭✭✭kabakuyu

    What 200e grants?Am i missing out on free money?

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    No, it was paid to every MPRN in the country. If you have a holiday home you got 2 * 200 grants!

    Theres rumored to be another grant(or grants) in the budget.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    They accept themselves that there was excessive profits from the generation side of things (Both Northern Ireland and here in Republic).

    Their supply side is not making any excessive profits.

    Overall its 15% - where the outcry on Cairn Homes and Glenveagh homes making a 15% net profit. Or the countless other companies that have even higher levels.

    They are in a system that worked up until about 12 months ago and kept electricity prices low and is currently not working.

    If its of any consequence, if you are on a discount, you are paying some of the lowest unit prices in Europe and way lower than the UK (even with the new cap). And its because the consumer prices are lower than the generation market that Panda Power has closed and others previously closed.

    So, yes, generation is making a substantial gain, but its not a crazy level and most likely this will change very soon when the eu changes the pricing reference

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Exactly. And it isnt even an Irish issue anyway. This is across europe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,197 ✭✭✭timmyntc

    That doesn't explain increases in standing charges, only unit pricing from vendors.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,538 ✭✭✭MrMusician18

    Standing charges are a cross subsidy within the supply side market. If everyone pays a high standing charge, they are in effect subsidising high consumption consumers.

    That is a policy decision effectively about who pays what rather than something that generates excess profit.

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,483 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk

    The network(ESBN) standing charges to my knowledge has not changed much in the last few years.

    The supplier ones have though.

    You supplier could choose to have no standing charge.. but charge a higher unit rate if they wanted. But only the low use customers would switch to them.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Don't forget that ESB employees (networks and EI included) get cheaper electricity than the rest of us. Perk for full-time employees there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Same as any company provided perk. This isnt an us v them scenario.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    And of course if they didn't get that minor, taxable perk, then we'd all get free electricity and, who knows, maybe even a free blow job from a wind farmer.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,062 ✭✭✭irishchris

    Regardless 😜 Think we will all agree we have enough stealth taxes without another one! Absolute robbery at it's finest

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 17,888 Mod ✭✭✭✭slave1

    You have a point there actually on the stealth tax (in a roundabout way). Surely though as micro generators most on this forum have mitigated against high electricity costs, but Winter is Coming

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,927 ✭✭✭jkforde

    "When generators are bidding to supply blocks of demand, they all get paid the price of the most expensive block of the day."

    so as microgenerators, I'd be nice if we were paid the same 'most expensive' unit price per day... 🤪

    🌦️ 6.7kwp, 45°, SSW, mid-Galway 🌦️

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,098 ✭✭✭crisco10

    Careful what you wish for! OK right now, you'd be getting something like 30c per kWh. But when it regresses to the mean (and it will in a year or 2), that could drop to something closer to 4c or 5c. Just last year that was the market rate.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,707 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    The profits do. After extremely generous salary and pension costs are deducted first of course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Again, it's not an us v them scenario though.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,707 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    It is if you are of the opinion that their salaries / pensions are too generous. These are indirectly paid by the tax payer (you and me) in a semi-state company.

    Every million in extra staff costs is taking away from their profit, so will not go to the exchequer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,176 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    ESB is totally self funding and sends a profit to the exchequer every year. A profitable company can pay whatever bonuses and salaries it wants in a competitive market. I would buy your argument for the likes of Dublin Bus which received a subvention from the tax payer every year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,402 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    Hiking the standing charge is the absolute opposite of what should be encouraged from the government side as that is a real kick in the teeth for the people who have outlaid thousands on solar pv systems. These people have invested in order to produce their own electricity and keep their bills super low. Increasing the standing charge is a big **** you to those people.

    Was full on considering a hefty pv setup but not now. It was bad enough that they are allowed to act the maggot with feed in tariff rates but now this.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,707 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    A private sector company can. But the ESB is not private sector, it is semi-state. Every million they unnecessarily overspend, lowers their profit and costs the tax payer money.