Government supports business with energy costs

The government has unveiled its Energy Bill Relief Scheme, designed to support businesses and other non-domestic energy customers with soaring energy costs. The scheme covers Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Through the scheme, the government will provide a p/kWh discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers, with the support equivalent to the Energy Price Guarantee for households. The government has set a Supported Wholesale Price, which is expected to be £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas. This represents less than half of the wholesale prices anticipated for the coming winter. Green levies paid by non-domestic customers have also been removed.

The discount will apply to fixed contracts signed on or after 1 April 2022, as well as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts. It will apply to energy usage from 1 October 2022 to 21 March 2023 – running for an initial six-month period. The savings will first be seen in October bills, which are usually received in November. 

Businesses do not need to apply to take any other action to access the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, with the discount automatically applied to bills.


The level of price reduction for each business will vary depending on their contract type and circumstances:

Non-domestic customers on existing fixed price contracts

  • These customers will be eligible for support so long as the contract was agreed on or after 1 April 2022
  • Provided that the wholesale element of the price the customer is above the Government Supported Price (£211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas)
  • Customers entering new fixed price contracts after 1 October will receive support on the same basis

Non-domestic customers on default, deemed or variable tariffs

  • These customers will receive a per-unit discount on energy costs, up to a maximum of the difference between the Supported Price and the average expected wholesale price over the period of the scheme
  • The amount of this Maximum Discount if likely to be around £405/MWh for electricity and £115/MWh
  • Non-domestic customers on default or variable tariffs will therefore pay reduced bills, but these will change over time and may still be subject to price increases – this is why the government is working with suppliers to ensure all their customers in England, Scotland and Wales are given the opportunity to switch to a fixed contract / tariff for the duration of the scheme if they wish, underpinned by the Energy Bill Relief Support Scheme

Non-domestic customers on flexible purchase costs

  • The level of reduction offered will be calculated by suppliers according to the specifics of your company’s contract and will also be subjected to the Maximum discount

Please see here for government guidance on the scheme. 

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