Fresh financial support for energy intensive businesses

Energy intensive businesses can benefit from new support under the Government’s latest move to support industry.

Some companies using high amounts of energy could see their bills slashed by as much as 20 per cent off predicted wholesale prices.

Minister for Energy Consumers and Affordability Amanda Solloway said: “We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel for global energy prices as Putin’s grip on the market weakens – but our vital energy and trade intensive industries remain uniquely exposed to these challenges.”

Applications have now opened for energy and trade intensive sectors that are most affected by the unprecedented rise in global energy prices to claim further discounts on their bills between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024 – helping deliver on the Government’s priority to halve inflation.

Ceramics and textiles are among the wide range of sectors potentially in line to benefit. These companies use high amounts of energy to deliver their goods, but also are exposed to strong international competition, meaning they cannot raise their prices to cover the increase in costs they have faced.

Ministers are urging companies to check their eligibility and submit their applications at the earliest opportunity, as the Government continues its unprecedented support package that has protected businesses and as of April has saved them £5.9 billion on energy costs – more than £30 million a day.

“We stand firmly behind British business and that’s why we’re protecting them with an additional offer of support so they can continue to thrive. I urge businesses to check their eligibility and submit an application right away so they can get the help they need.”

The offer is part of the Government’s new Energy Bills Discount Scheme, launched last month, which will continue to automatically give businesses across the UK money off their energy bills as wholesale energy prices fall to the lowest level since before Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

Businesses are advised to check GOV.UK as soon as possible to find out their eligibility and what they need to do to apply. Discounts could be reflected in bills from as soon as June, with support backdated to 1 April. This could save some around 20 per cent on predicted wholesale energy costs.

Heat networks with domestic customers can also now receive a new, sector-specific support rate to make sure households do not face disproportionately higher bills compared to customers supported by the Energy Price Guarantee. Heat suppliers will need to apply for this rate and are legally obligated to pass on the discount to their customers.

This is just one of a range of ongoing schemes supporting households and businesses with energy costs at this time which the Government is urging all eligible customers to apply for and take full advantage of.

The Non-Domestic Alternative Fuel Payment scheme is providing top-ups starting at £750 for organisations using large quantities of kerosene heating oil, such as such as farms, hotels, charities and public buildings like schools and hospitals. Organisations have until 28 April to apply for this support via GOV.UK.

This scheme is also offering £150 payments to organisations using alternative fuels.

 

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