My Dad passed a few months ago and account is still in his name. Ive lived with him for years and paid the bill and wish to get name changed. From searching here I believe the account cannot just be renamed but a new account must be opened and old one closed.
If this is correct does that mean when I open a new account that I am tied into a 12mth contract and cannot change supplier without penalty even though Electric Ireland has been the only provider sine house was built.
No, it is not necessary for anyone to commit to a contract if they open a new account - and they will still receive a discount for paying by direct debit (to avail of free credit for a new account, the contract is required). If a new account does not have direct debit on it though, the security deposit will automatically be charged. However, in your situation, the security deposit can be waived, should you wish not to set up direct debit.
If you have further questions, please let us know.