Yorkshire Gas And Power
Energy Bills Discount Scheme
Energy Bills Discount Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers
- The Energy Bill Relief Scheme currently provides a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic consumers.
- The scheme began on 1st October 2022 and ends on 31st March 2023.
- The EBRS was designed as a temporary six-month measure to protect non-domestic consumers from soaring energy costs.
- The new EBDS scheme strikes a balance between supporting businesses over the next 12 months and limiting taxpayer’s exposure to volatile energy markets, with a cap set at £5.5 billion based on estimated volumes.
- The EBDS will run for 12 months from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
Understanding if you’re eligible
As with the original scheme, the new scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract including:
- voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
- public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals, and care homes
Which have qualifying:
- existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after 1st December 2021
- signing new fixed price contracts
- deemed / out of contract or standard variable tariffs
As per the current scheme the Government will provide a discount on your gas and electricity unit prices.
Eligible non-domestic consumers will now receive a per-unit discount to their energy bills during the 12-month period from April 2023 to March 2024, subject to a maximum discount.
The relative discount will be applied if wholesale prices are above a certain price threshold.
For more information please see the EBDS Government website.
For most non-domestic energy users in Great Britain and Northern Ireland these maximum discounts have been set at:
- Electricity – 1.961p per kilowatt hour (KWh) with a price threshold of 30.2p per KWh.
- Gas – 0.697p per KWh with a price threshold of 10.7p per KWh.
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.
Applying the reduction
As with the original scheme, suppliers will automatically apply reductions to the bills of all eligible non-domestic customers.
The Government will compensate suppliers for the reduction in wholesale gas and electricity unit prices that they are passing on to non-domestic customers.
The discount applied will be in pence per kilowatt hour (p/kWh).
The p/kWh Government support for comparable contracts will be the same across suppliers, but the absolute level of individual bills will continue to vary across different contracts and tariffs.
EBDS legislation, rules and guidance
The Energy Prices Act 2022 provided Government with the powers to establish the EBRS, ensure scheme benefits are passed on to consumers, and provide for an effective compliance and enforcement regime.
The Energy Bills Discount Scheme will be set out in regulations made under these powers.
Ensuring your bills are as accurate as possible
Please continue to provide regular meter readings, you can submit your reading here.
To avoid having to submit regular readings to us, you might be able to install a smart meter which will also track your energy usage and help create accurate billing.
What if I’m still struggling to pay my bills?
Contact us as soon as possible so we look at what we can do to help.
Phone: 0113 856005