From 26 April 2023, the government has launched their registration portal for businesses to apply for additional levels of support under the EBDS scheme. The portal will be open for businesses to submit their application within 90 days from 26 April 2023.
As you may be aware, the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS), which supported businesses from October 2022 to March 2023, is being replaced with the Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) from the start of April 2023. This scheme aims to provide support to businesses from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. Further details on the new EBDS Scheme can be found here.
The scheme comes with three bands of support to allow businesses within energy-intensive industries or heat networks to access a higher level of support for vulnerable industries.
The EBDS Baseline discount provides some support with energy bills for eligible non-domestic customers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (ETII) discount provides a higher value of support to industries highly reliant on energy use.
The Heat Network discount provides a higher value support for heat networks with domestic end users.
Organisations are expected to apply for any discount they may qualify for within 90 days from 26 April 2023 via the EBDS portal.
Once an application has been submitted via the BEIS portal, the government will then assess eligibility and liaise directly with your supplier, who will then apply the discount at the point of billing.
If organisations cannot apply online, they are encouraged to notify their Executive Relationship Manager/Account Manager for assistance or contact the Government’s EBDS Customer Support team via the details below:
Telephone: 030 0400 5251 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)