The EBDS – at a glance
Who is eligible for the EBDS?
Businesses, voluntary sector organisations, such as charities, and public sector organisations such as schools and hospitals that are:
- on an existing or new fixed-price contract agreed on or after 1 December 2021
- on a variable tariff
- on a “flexible purchase” or similar contract
- out of contract or on a “deemed” contract
- on a variable “Day Ahead Index” (DAI) tariff in Northern Ireland
How does the EBDS work?
You do not need to apply to qualify for support under the EBDS.
The discount will automatically be added to your bill by your energy supplier, while the level of support will depend on your energy contract and when you signed up.
What discounts are available?
The discounts being offered via the EBDS are:
- £19.61 per MWh for electricity (with a price threshold of £302 per MWh)
- £6.97 per MWh for gas (with a price threshold of £107 per MWh)
However, businesses operating in Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (ETIIs) can apply for a higher level of support, subject to a maximum discount that can be applied to 70% of energy volumes.
- £89 per MWh for electricity (with a price threshold of £185 per MWh)
- £40 per MWh for gas (with a price threshold of £99 per MWh)
What about off-grid businesses?
Companies not connected to the gas or electricity grid may be able to apply for a one-off payment of £150 if:
- the business property is not connected to the gas or electricity grid
- you use alternative fuels such as wood or kerosene for heating
Director of Policy at the Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology, Frank Gordon, said: “In the longer term, businesses can make considerable bill savings by moving to renewable energy supplies, such as generating their own renewable energy on-site.”