The Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) is a government support scheme to help reduce the impact of rising energy prices on businesses, charities and public sector organisations.    

We are still working through the details with the government and will update these pages as soon as we receive the latest information.  

Please check here before contacting us.    

What you need to know   

  • Effective from 1st October to 31st March 2023.  
  • A p/kWh reduction on wholesale electricity and gas prices.  
  • The government has set a supported wholesale price (floor rate) of 21.1p/kWh for electricity and 7.5p/kWh for gas.  
  • Customers on fixed contracts will receive a p/kWh discount based on wholesale prices the day the contract was agreed. The government sets these rates here. Discounts only apply if the wholesale reference price is above the floor rate. 
  • Customers on variable contracts will receive a maximum discount of 34.5p/kWh for electricity and 9.1p/kWh for gas. The government may amend this during the scheme.  
  • The discount level will vary depending on your current unit rate and the amount of energy you use during this period.  
  • It will be applied automatically for eligible customers; you do not need to apply for or request the discount
  • The government will publish a review in three months’ time to determine future support after March 2023.  
  • The discount is funded directly by the government, not a loan to be paid back through energy bills.  

Who is eligible? 

  • Businesses 
  • Voluntary sector organisations such as charities 
  • Public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes. 

In addition to the above, organisations will need to meet one of the requirements below to receive the discount, as well as being on a non-domestic tariff: 

  • On an existing fixed price contract that was agreed on or after 1st December 2021 
  • Signing a new fixed price contract 
  • On a variable contract – which includes deemed or out of contract contracts 
  • On flexible purchase or similar contracts.  

*Please note that if you agreed your fixed price contract before 1st December 2021, you will not be eligible for this scheme.  

For more information about how your data is processed for the EBRS please read the government’s Privacy notice

FAQs

The government are offering businesses a p/kWh reduction on wholesale electricity and gas prices. They have set a floor rate of 21.1p/kWh for electricity and 7.5p/kWh for gas.   

If you are on a fixed contract, discounts will be based on wholesale prices the day the contract was agreed.  Discounts only apply if the wholesale reference price is above the floor rate. 

If you are on a variable contract, you will receive a maximum discount of 34.5p/kWh for electricity and 9.1p/kWh for gas. The government may amend this during the scheme. 

Yes. The government have confirmed that organisations entering new fixed contracts will be entitled to a discount during the scheme (subject to the relevant wholesale price being above the floor rate on the day the contract was agreed).  

No. This is because the rates are set retrospectively by the government. 

This is equivalent to the floor rate for the Energy Price Guarantee scheme. Think of this as the level the government deems is acceptable for consumers to pay for wholesale gas and electricity prices for the duration of this scheme  

No. Standing charges will not be covered by the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. This is a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices.  

  • Customers on a fixed price contract are receiving a discount reflective of the wholesale price on the day the contract was signed. The government have determined that customers who have agreed a fixed price contract after 1st December 2021 are entitled to a discount and are publishing the wholesale reference prices on a daily basis. Discounts will be available for customers where the wholesale reference price is above the supported price (floor rate) for the day you agreed your fixed contract.
  • For anyone on a variable contract, the government have set a ‘maximum discount’ for the scheme. Currently set at 34.5p/kWh for electricity and 9.1 p/kWh for gas. The government have given themselves the ability to amend this during the scheme, which could mean a reduced figure.  

If you have a multi-rate tariff (i.e., day & night rates), the discount is applied on a volume weighted basis. This is to ensure the day and night rates do not go below the government supported price (floor price).  

Energy brokers, sometimes called third party intermediaries (TPIs) have no influence over the per unit cost reductions that will be applied to energy costs under the scheme. 

No. You must be on a business tariff to receive the EBRS discount. If you are on a domestic tariff, you may be eligible for the Energy Price Guarantee. If you are not already receiving this, please contact us directly.  

If your business is eligible for a discount, Good Energy will email you to tell you how the amount you’ll receive. This discount will be applied to all electricity and gas your business has used since 1st October 2022. 

You will receive a discount on your unit rates for electricity and gas used from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2023.