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Electricity/Gas Distribution Services

Competent Authority

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) is Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator with a wide range of economic, safety and customer protection responsibilities.

The CRU’s mission is to protect the public interest in Water, Energy and Energy Safety. The work of the CRU impacts every Irish home and business, by ensuring safe, secure and sustainable energy and water supplies at a reasonable cost. The sectors we regulate underpin Irish economic competitiveness, investment and growth, while also contributing to our international obligations to address climate change.

Licensing Procedures

Companies must hold a licence issued by the CRU to distribute electricity or gas through the energy network. The licences contain conditions which, among other things, limit the amount of revenue which the regulated network companies can recover from their customers.

The current network licence holders in Ireland are: ESB Networks (electricity distribution network operator and owner), EirGrid (electricity transmission network operator), and Gas Networks Ireland (gas network owner and operator).

Other licences cover generation, suppliers and shippers and can be found in the licensing section of CRU website.

Further information

If you are a potential electricity/gas services provider who is looking to provide services in Ireland, you may obtain further information on the CRU website, for example in the electricity licences section, electricity generation section and gas licences section in the links below.


Contact details

Email: info@cru.ie

Tel: +353 1 400 0800

Post: Commission for Regulation of Utilities,

The Grain,

The Exchange,

Belgard Square North,

Dublin 24

D24 PXW0

The above is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the CRU