Electric Ireland has reaped success at the Bonkers.ie second annual awards in Dublin and the European Sponsorship Awards in London. Electric Ireland scooped the top award at both events with the Grand Prix Award for Consumer Excellence and European Sponsorship of the Year. Bonkers.ie National Consumer Awards As well as the Grand Prix, the energy supplier also won three categories – Best Energy Price Plan, Best Energy Efficiency Service and Best Community Sponsorship Engagement. Electric Ireland topped a field which included energy providers, banks and telecom companies The awards included:- 1. Best Community Sponsorship Engagement for Darkness into Light. Electric Ireland was one of five entrants including Eir, Energia, SSE Airtricity & Virgin Media; 2. Best Energy Price Plan (Existing Customer): Electric Ireland was one four shortlisted with Energia, Flogas & SSE Airtricity; 3. Best Energy Efficiency Service for our Smarter home app. For this it was up against Bord Gais Energy, Energia, Pinergy & SSE Airtricity; 4. The Grand Prix – this was the overall award for the overall best customer business against every company shortlisted.

European Sponsorship Awards

Electric Ireland was internationally recognised for excellence at the European Sponsorship Awards (ESA) at the Science Museum, London, for its sponsorship of Darkness into Light with Pieta House. Electric Ireland picked up two awards:- • CSR Partnership of the Year 2017; • European Sponsorship of the Year 2017. The ESA Excellence Awards showcase the best in class campaigns across Europe and cover the entire spectrum of sponsorship disciplines. Electric Ireland has sponsored ‘Darkness Into Light’ for Pieta House for the past five years. Electric Ireland was recognised for its marketing and consumer insight that has helped achieve greater understanding and awareness of the issues relating to suicide and depression and motivating over 180,000 people to get up at 4.15am to do a 5KM walk each year. The sponsorship has also helped generate €4.7 million in 2017 which is used by Pieta House to invest in support services nationwide. Speaking about the sponsorship awards Jim Dollard, executive director, Electric Ireland, said: “It is great to get this recognition for a sponsorship that is very close to the hearts and minds of our customers, staff and the general public. "This has been a courageous journey over five years working with Pieta House to understand the issues around mental health and doing something positive to demonstrate support. It fits with the ethos of the ESB Group and Electric Ireland to show how businesses, communities and people can work together to do something positive to help people with the challenges they face every day. We are so proud of these awards.”