Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “There must be substance behind the spin which Ofreg have put on this deal. Local customers must get better value for money.
“I hope that this deal is not just a hollow publicity stunt and I hope that local people actually get some benefit from it.
“Recent gas price hikes have been disgraceful. On one hand we are trying to end fuel poverty and on the other, the gas companies are increasing gas prices to extortionate levels.
“If any ground can be made in combating fuel poverty, then such progress must be welcomed; however, it remains to be seen whether any real benefit will be derived from this deal.”