This new government scheme, which replaces the previous Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS), will run for 12 months from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic energy supply contract with a licensed energy supplier including:
- voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
- public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes
- on existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after 1 December 2021
- signing new fixed-price contracts
- on deemed/out of contract or variable tariffs, or
- on flexible purchase (or similar) contracts
- on variable ‘Day Ahead Index’ (DAI) tariffs (Northern Ireland scheme only)
Comparable support will be extended to non-domestic energy customers who receive gas or electricity delivered over public networks from non-licensed providers.
Eligible non-domestic customers will receive a per-unit discount to their energy bills during the 12-month period from April 2023 to March 2024. This is subject to a maximum discount. The relative discount will be applied if wholesale prices are above a certain price threshold. For most non-domestic energy users in Great Britain and Northern Ireland these threshold prices and maximum discounts have been set at:
- electricity – up to £19.61 per megawatt hour (MWh) with a price threshold of £302 per MWh.
- gas – up to £6.97 per megawatt hour (MWh) with a price threshold of £107 per MWh
The discount is calculated as the difference between the wholesale price associated with an energy contract and the price threshold. The discount is phased in when the contract’s wholesale price exceeds the floor price, until the total discount per MWh reaches the maximum discount for that fuel. The discount is only applied to the wholesale element of the bill and therefore the final per unit price paid by non-domestic customers will differ as it includes other costs such as network charges and operating costs.
There are two further elements to the scheme, and eligible customers will need to register through the provided links to access this support:
- The Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (ETII) discount will provide a higher level of support to businesses and organisations in eligible sectors – you will need to register to get this support, TruEnergy is not determining eligibility for a larger discount
- The Heat Network discount will provide a higher level of support to heat networks with domestic end consumers – you need to register to get this support, TruEnergy is not determining eligibility for a larger discount