is blaming a spike in energy prices on international markets and said wholesale gas prices have doubled over the last year.
The average Bord Gais
Energy bill is EUR1,200 a year - an increase of 12% will add another EUR144.
A panel made up of Bord Gais
Energy Sport sponsorship manager and Cork legend, Ger Cunningham, RTE's Marty Morrissey, Micheal O Domhnaill of TG4 and Galway star Joe Canning will deliberate on a winner from the six nominees and all will be revealed next week, the winner receiving a EUR1000 voucher.
Chief executive John Mullins added: "Over the next five years Bord Gais
will invest almost EUR700million in the construction of the wind projects.
I congratulate Bord Gais
on embracing this exciting future."
He added: "When you combine this reduction with the savings Bord Gais
Energy announced in May 2009, we will see average gas prices drop to levels that are 22% below the typical bill in 2006 - customers are getting considerable value just at a time when they need it most.
ENERGY TEAM OF THE YEAR: Jordan Henley (Wat); Conor Gleeson (Wat), Eoghan O'Donnell (Dub), Darragh Lyons (Wat); Micheal Harney (Wat), Austin Gleeson (Wat), Shane Barrett (Dub); Dan Nevin (Gal), Ronan Lynch (Lim); Shane Bennett (Wat), Brian Molloy (Gal), Andrew Coffey (Tipp); Patrick Curran (Wat), Stephen Bennett (Wat), Niall Mitchell (Wm).
The target company is the retail unit of state-run utility Bord Gais
. Near the end of November, Minister Rabbitte turned down all bids for Bord Gais
Energy saying that none of them was at an acceptable value.
Also, the Bord Gais
Energy Bookshop of the Year was won by Bridge Street Books, Wicklow town; the winner of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year was The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan; and the International Educational Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year was won by Atlas of the Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, William J Smyth and Mike Murphy.
It has been claimed Rangers don't have to pay a penny to GAIS
because the Gothenburg club failed to offer Celik a contract at least 60 days before the end of his previous deal which expired in December.
A Bord Gais
spokesman said he was confident that disruption would be kept to a minimum but added: "The most important thing is to get the leak fixed so it is safe enough for people to move back into their homes."
Malmo, who have won the Swedish League 15 times and reached the final of the European Cup in 1979, finished a disappointing ninth out of 14 clubs, only two places above GAIS
, and have won the league only once in 20 years.