The Energy Bill Relief Scheme

We would like to take this opportunity to reassure our prospective and existing customers and clarify the following on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS):

  • The Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) applies to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1st December 2021 as well as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts. It will apply to energy usage from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2023, running for an initial six-month period for all non domestic energy users..
  • All energy suppliers will apply the same discount. This discount will automatically appear on your statements. Customers do not need to apply for the scheme or contact us.
  • The BEIS department recommends all customers continue to enter into fixed price agreements as normal to shield businesses from future wholesale price increases. This way we can ensure all our customers are protected from the volatility in the current wholesale market.
  • For customers who qualify for the Energy Bill Relief Scheme we kindly ask all qualifying customers to provide us with monthly gas and / or electricity meter reads until end of the scheme. This should be done ideally on the first day of the month or no later than the 10th.This will be a great help to get your bills as accurate as possible and ensure we apply the right discount throughout the scheme period.

For the latest information on the Energy Bill Scheme please visit www.gov.uk/guidance click here



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Government plans to help cut energy bills for businesses

Plans unveiled today (21/09/2021) by Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg have been announced to support growth, prevent unnecessary insolvencies and protect jobs in response to the rising energy bills faced by businesses, households and public sector organisations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. What are the government doing to support UK businesses To support UK businesses, the government has set a Supported Wholesale Price which will help to cut bills this winter. This price is expected to be £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas, less than half the wholesale prices anticipated this winter. Key points from the latest government announcement: The introduction of a new government scheme will see energy prices as businesses, charities and public sector organisations cut – protecting them and their jobs from rising costs. Through a new government Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the government will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers This support is in addition to the Energy Price Guarantee for households, with further measures today to strengthen support for families across the United Kingdom, including those in rentals or park homes source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-plans-to-help-cut-energy-bills-for-businesses How will this energy support be applied? In this latest announcement, the UK government has stated they will apply this support to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1 April 2022, as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts. This will also apply to energy usage from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, initially running for a six-month period. Businesses can expect to see these savings applied to their October bills which are, in most cases, received in November. As with the Energy Price Guarantee for households, business energy customers do not need to take action or apply to the scheme to access the support. Support (in the form of a p/kWh discount) will automatically be applied to bills. To ensure the protection of businesses during winter months, the introduction of this scheme will help businesses manage what was expected to be an incredibly challenging time. Liz Truss, the newly appointed Prime Minister, had this to say: “ I understand the huge pressure businesses, charities and public sector organisations are facing with their energy bills, which is why we are taking immediate action to support them over the winter and protect jobs and livelihoods. “As we are doing for consumers, our new scheme will keep their energy bills down from October, providing certainty and peace of mind. At the same time, we are boosting Britain’s homegrown energy supply so we fix the root cause of the issues we are facing and ensure greater energy security for us all.” Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng added: “We have stepped in to stop businesses collapsing, protect jobs, and limit inflation. And with our plans to boost home-grown energy supply, we will bring security to the sector, growth to the economy and secure a better deal for consumers.”  For any of our business energy customers concerned about the current energy crisis, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team for advice and guidance regarding your bills and payments.
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