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Legislative Developments

Revised Version of the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999.

A Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of that Act.  It brings together in a single text all amendments and changes to an Act, making the law more accessible for all users. 

A revised version of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 is now available. It reflects all amendments and changes to the 1999 Act up to July 2017.

A pdf of the Revised Version of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 is available to down load from the Law Reform Commission’s website here:

More information on the work of the Law Reform Commission is available on their website here:

Since 2006 the Commission has revised over 300 Acts. These are all available to view and download from its website from both an alphabetical list of all Revised Acts or a chronological list for ease of reference.


Energy  Act 2016

The Energy Act 2016 was signed into law by the President on 30 July 2016.

A copy of the Act is available to download from the Irish Statue Book website here:

The Act provides for various amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, the Gas Act 1976, the NORA Act 2007, the Sustainable Energy Act 2002 and the Registration of Title Act 1964. The Act also provides for the repeal of a small number of redundant legislative provisions.

Its most significant aspects provide for:

  • The renaming of the Commission For Energy Regulation (CER) as the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU),
  • A wider definition of the existing Single Electricity Market (SEM), to facilitate the North/South regulators' integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM),
  • Enhanced enforcement powers for the Commission for Energy Regulation, including powers to impose administrative sanctions,
  • Increases existing penalty levels on conviction from those already in the 2014 REMIT Statutory Instrument which relate to market abuse offences in the wholesale electricity and gas markets pursuant to the requirements of the EU's REMIT Regulation,
  • Amendment of existing legislation in respect of appointments to the Board of the Sustainable Energy Authority,
  • Increased flexibility in the administration of the Biofuels Obligations Scheme by the National Oil Reserves Agency,
  • Publication of an energy strategy statement by the Commission for Energy Regulation

A post enactment report, in accordance with Oireachtas standing orders, is available at the following link: