Electricity Supply Licence

It is the CRU’s role to grant, revoke and enforce Licences.  The CRU may grant a licence to supply electricity under section 14 (1) of the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999.  Any person or company who intends to supply electricity to a final customer requires a supply licence from the CRU.

A list of holders of Electricity Supply Licences which have been issued by the CRU can be found here.

List of Licensed Suppliers to retail market with links to websites

Applications for an electricity supply licence are made directly to the CRU. Applications must be made using the CRU Supply Licence Application Form. The CRU will process applications when all of the information requested in this form is submitted. At present these requirements apply for all supply licence applicants regardless of the size of the applicant’s planned supply business.

The Electricity Supply Licence Application Form – PDF

The Electricity Supply Licence Guidance Notes  – PDF

Supporting Documents & Procedures

Prospective electricity suppliers must fulfill a number of industry requirements.   More information is available on the following websites:

  • RMDS – Retail Market Design Service (RMDS) is the “ringfenced” function within ESB Networks responsible for all aspects of the retail electricity market design on behalf of the CRU.
  • SEMO – Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) who facilitate the continuous operation and administration of the Single Electricity Market.

Application Fee

The fee for a Supply Licence application is €254. This fee may be reviewed from time to time.

Assignments & Transfer, Change of Control, Extensions and Revocation

Following the granting and issuing of a licence, licensees may request consent from the CRU for subsequent actions.

  1. Assignment & Transfer
  2. Change of Control
  3. Extensions
  4. Revocation

 

  1. Assignment and Transfer – Condition 16 Every issued Electricity Supply Licence contains provisions regarding the assignment/ transfer of the licence. The licence can be assigned to anyone else once they are capable of fulfilling the conditions of the licence. They must have the same capabilities as the original licence holder.In the case of an assignment/transfer there is a requirement to notify CRU PRIOR to assignment/transfer. This allows CRU to analyse the suitability of the proposed new licence holder.
  2. Change of control – Condition 17 The term change means that the majority control of the licensee changes by way of an asset sale or sale of shares. Where a change of control arises there is no licence requirement to obtain prior permission from the CRU However CRU should be notified within 3 months of the change of control.
  3. Extension Under Schedule 2 of the Electricity Supply Licence, the Commission may revoke the licence if the Licensee has not commenced carrying on the Supply Business within 6 months of the date the licence comes into force. CRU can grant an extension where is satisfied that the delay is beyond reasonable control of the licensee. Once the CRU is satisfied that an extension can be granted a letter is issued via post to the licence holder along with a scanned copy via email.
  4. Revocation can be made at the consent of the licensee or grantee or by the CRU in accordance with the grounds for revocation provided in Schedule 2 of the licence. It requires the agreement of the licensee and/or 30 days’ notice. CRU would engage with the licensee before a revocation was considered.

Natural Gas Shipping and Supply Licences

In the gas retail sector there are two distinct activities – that of a shipper and that of a supplier. A gas shipper brings gas into the transportation system for delivery to individual homes and premises. The transportation system is managed by Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) under contractual arrangements (the Code of Operations) between shippers and GNI. Some very large final customers act as their own shipper. However, most customers must have a gas supplier who contract with them for the sale of gas.  Both natural gas suppliers and natural gas shippers must be licensed by the CRU.

Natural Gas Shipping

The Natural Gas Shipping Licence Application Form – PDF

The Natural Gas Shipping Guidance Notes – PDF

Natural Gas Supply

The Natural Gas Supply Licence Application Form – PDF

The Natural Gas Supply Guidance Notes are available – PDF

A list of holders of Electricity Supply Licences which have been issued by the CRU can be found here. LINK

List of Licensed Suppliers to retail market with links to websites

Prospective electricity suppliers must fulfill a number of industry requirements.   More information is available on the following websites:

  • GNI – Gas Networks Ireland is responsible for the management of access to the Irish natural gas pipeline system for all Shippers.

Application Fees

The fee for a Gas Shipping Licence application is €5,000.  This fee may be reviewed from time to time.  Please note that this amount includes the assessment of a Gas Supply Licence should the applicant wish to apply for such licence.

The fee for a Natural Gas Supply Licence application is €5,000. This fee may be reviewed from time to time.  Please note that this amount includes the assessment of a Natural Gas Shipping Licence. Condition 2 of the Natural Gas Supply Licence requires Licensees to hold a Natural Gas Shipping Licence.

Assignments & Transfer, Change of Control, Extensions and Revocation

Following the granting and issuing of a licence, licensees may request consent from the CRU for subsequent actions.

  1. Assignment & Transfer
  2. Change of Control
  3. Extensions
  4. Revocation

 

  1. Assignment and Transfer – Condition 5 Every issued Electricity Supply Licence contains provisions regarding the assignment/ transfer of the licence.  The licence can be assigned to anyone else once they are capable of fulfilling the conditions of the licence. They must have the same capabilities as the original licence holder. In the case of an assignment/transfer there is a requirement to notify CRU PRIOR to assignment/transfer.  This allows CRU to analyse the suitability of the proposed new licence holder.
  2. Change of control – Condition 6 The term change means that the majority control of the licensee changes by way of an asset sale or sale of shares.  Where a change of control arises there is no licence requirement to obtain prior permission from the CRU However CRU should be notified within 3 months of the change of control.
  3. ExtensionUnder Schedule 2 of the Electricity Supply Licence, the Commission may revoke the licence if the Licensee has not commenced carrying on the Supply Business within 6 months of the date the licence comes into force.  CRU can grant an extension where is satisfied that the delay is beyond reasonable control of the licensee.Once the CRU is satisfied that an extension can be granted a letter is issued via post to the licence holder along with a scanned copy via email.
  4. Revocation can be made at the consent of the licensee or grantee or by the CRU in accordance with the grounds for revocation provided in Schedule 1 of the licence. It requires the agreement of the licensee and/or 30 days’ notice. CRU would engage with the licensee before a revocation was considered.