Small and medium sized businesses lining up for green power

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Eirtricity, Ireland's first independent supplier of wind power, says it has signed more than IRĀ£20 million of contracts to sell green electricity to small and medium sized businesses. The company began trading in early 2000 after the part liberalisation of Ireland's electricity market and claims to undercut standard electricity tariffs by 10%. "We have exceeded our expectations in our first year of trading," says Eirtricity's Eddie O'Connor. "With recent wind farms opened in Donegal and a further two under construction in Kerry and Cavan, we will have ample capacity to continue to expand our customer base." He is confident that 2001 will be another growth year for the company. Many of the teething problems are being resolved, "And the Commission for Electricity Regulation is now fully up and running, which is vitally important in an industry where a clear and fair regulatory framework is essential." Eirtricity now has over 5000 business customers.

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