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€9.5 million approved for payment to businesses under government’s new energy support scheme

Ministers urge businesses to register and make claims

The Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD, is urging eligible businesses to continue to make claims under the Government’s €1.3 billion Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS). 

To date €9.5 million has been approved for payment under the Scheme which was announced as part of Budget 2023 to help businesses cope with the recent rises in energy costs.  

TBESS provides qualifying businesses with up to 40% of the increase in electricity or gas bills up to €10,000 per month. It is administered by Revenue, backdated to September, and will run until at least February 2023.

Minister McGrath said that many businesses had started the registration process:

“10,773 businesses have registered for the scheme which is encouraging, but we want to see every eligible business doing so. TBESS is one of a number of measures introduced to help businesses mitigate against rising energy costs.”

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney TD, said a range of organisations were eligible to claim:

“This Scheme is open to all businesses, including sporting bodies and charities, who are tax compliant. So far 4,392 claims have been approved under the scheme to the value of €9.5 million, with €9 million already paid out. 

“Businesses can make a claim under the scheme if they have experienced a significant increase of 50% or more in electricity and or natural gas average unit price. We want as many businesses as possible to get their claims in, so I’d encourage them to continue doing so.”

Businesses should be aware that the window for September claims will close at the end of this month. Claims from October onwards can be made after this point within the monthly deadlines.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said:

“Electricity and gas prices remain at very high levels due to international conditions, in particular the continuing challenges arising from the crisis in Ukraine, and indications are that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. 

TBESS provides significant support for a wide range of businesses. Our objective is clear, namely, to support businesses through this unprecedented period in the same way as householders. The €1.3 billion provision for TBESS is generous, is immediately accessible and will be delivered to help cushion the energy shock. I’d like to urge all eligible businesses to submit their claims as early as possible.”

Businesses can register and make a claim under TBESS at