by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

South Belfast based convenience retail and forecourt business, Creightons Group, has signed up to a ‘Green Energy’ contract with Power NI. The switch to electricity generated by local, 100% renewable sources will enable the family-owned company to annually save approximately 600 tonnes of CO2 per year.


Leading energy supplier, Power NI, is supplying Creightons locations at Finaghy, Blacks Road and Balmoral with over two gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity – the equivalent of powering around 625 average households in Northern Ireland each year.

Power NI supplies around 40,000 businesses across NI with over 55 GWh of electricity provided as Green Energy. Its parent company, Energia Group, has to date invested over €1 billion in the energy market across NI and ROI, focusing on their core segments of renewables, flexible generation and customer solutions.

Ian Fraser, Key Account Manager at Power NI, says, “Sustainability values are hugely important, to us and to Creighton Group, and we’re pleased to help further reduce carbon emissions with 100% Green Energy. Power NI offers tailored contracts which can competitively meet the electricity needs of clients such as Creightons, who are a large energy user, across their three forecourt sites, garage, autostore and vehicle recovery service.”

Creightons Group Manager, Andrew Porter, explains why the business made the change to renewable energy: “We had already invested in a range of sustainable solutions including converting fully to LED lighting as well as using biodegradable packaging and compostable coffee cups. Therefore, the move to Green Energy was a natural progression.

“Like Power NI we’ve been part of the local community for almost nine decades and continue to support local groups by getting involved in a number of charity and community support programmes. Having established an excellent working relationship with Power NI over many years we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to change to a Green Energy contract and look forward to working with the energy company going forward into the future.”

Power NI’s Ian Fraser continues, “As part of our ongoing commitment to renewables and sustainability, we want to encourage and support business customers to take the first step towards reducing their impact on climate change by choosing to be powered by Green Energy and we’re glad to help them on that journey.”

Power NI is a Climate Champion with Business in the Community NI and is a 2020 Responsible Business, achieving a Silver Level in the BITCNI Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Power NI has also signed the Climate Action Pledge for Northern Ireland, committing to significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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Creightons Group Manager, Andrew Porter (right) is pictured with Ian Fraser (left) Key Accounts Manager with Power NI.

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