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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2 Feb

Biomass Degression



DECC has published the fifth quarterly forecast for the non-domestic scheme along with an updated version of their non-domestic degression factsheet in order to prepare for changes that are being introduced to degression.  Crucially for Scottish Land & Estates’ members the small biomass tariff will be reduced by 5% from 1st July 2014.

The total forecast expenditure for the scheme is £106.6 million. The total estimated expenditure represents the amount DECC anticipate they will pay out between 30 April 2014 and 29 April 2015, based on current application data. The total forecast expenditure exceeds the 50% threshold which can and has triggered a tariff reduction (as set out in regulations):

  • The “50% trigger” for the scheme as a whole as at 30 April is £96.4m
  • The “100% trigger”[1] for the scheme as a whole as at 30 April is £192.8m.


Since the last quarterly announcement (published 28 February 2014), the total forecast expenditure estimate has been increasing at a higher rate than previously seen, with the average monthly growth almost tripling. This is due to an increase in applications and load factors.

As at 30 April 2014, only one technology tariff has exceeded its individual trigger:

  • Forecast spend over the next 12 months for small commercial biomass is £58.4m. This is £24.4m over its individual technology trigger.
  • Forecast spend for all other tariff categories shows these are below their individual tariff triggers for this quarter.


As small biomass has exceeded its individual trigger and the 50% total scheme trigger has also now been breached.