NIAER Oversees Invitation to Bid in the 2004 Non-Fossil Fuel Auction

05 March 2004

Following release of Non-Fossil Fuel (NFF) Capacity under contract to NIE for resale to suppliers in Northern Ireland, NIE’s Power Procurement Business has issued invitations to bid under the direction of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation

Close of bids: 5pm on Monday 15th March 2004

NIE PPB under the direction of the Authority has issued this Invitation to Bid in the 2004 Non-Fossil Fuel Auction for 10 capacity units of 1 MW each.

These 10 capacity units are being auctioned from the NIE PPB stock of NFF capacity, contracted under Government obligation. At present 40MW of capacity is under contract, generating around 120GWh each year.

This auction gives suppliers in NI an opportunity to contract with customers for the supply of renewable source electricity to customers, from April 2004. In the case of supply to non domestic customers the Climate Change Levy may be avoided.

Bidders must register their bid with Ofreg by 5.00pm on Monday 15th March 2004.

Note: Intention to bid must be registered by Wednesday 10th March 2004.

Invitation to Bid and NFF Capacity and Energy Agreement documents can be obtained from Emma Magill at:

Brookmount Buildings
42 Fountain Street
Belfast BT1 5EE
Tel: 028 9031 1575
Fax: 028 9031 1740

Notes for Editors

1.OFREG (the Office for the Regulation of Electricity and Gas) supports the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation (NIAER) the regulator of the Electrcity and Gas industries in Northern Ireland. NIAER’s powers are derived from the Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 both as amended by the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

For further information please contact Brenda Boal at Weber Shandwick

Tel 02890 761007 or Mobile 07770 886910