Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

Overview

The TBESS was introduced to support businesses with increases in their electricity or natural gas (energy) costs.

Your business can make a claim under the scheme if it:

  • is tax compliant
  • carries on a Case I trade or Case II profession. This includes charities and approved sporting bodies that carry on certain activities
  • and
  • has experienced a significant increase of 50% or more in its electricity and/or natural gas average unit price.

Qualifying businesses can claim for 40% of the increases in their energy bills. The increase in energy bills must be between the ‘claim period’ and the ‘reference period’.

A claim period is a calendar month from September 2022 to February 2023. A reference period is the corresponding calendar month in the previous year. For example, September 2021 is the reference period for the September 2022 claim period.

Further information on the scheme is contained in the TBESS guidelines.

Claim amount

If your business is a qualifying business, it can make a claim for a Temporary Business Energy Payment (TBEP). The TBEP is equal to 40% of a business’ eligible costs. This is subject to a monthly cap.

State Aid

The scheme is designed to be compliant with the European Union State Aid Temporary Crisis Framework (TCF). The TCF sets out overall limits on the financial support that may be claimed by single undertakings. 

Publication

Revenue will publish a list of the names and addresses of all businesses who avail of the TBESS. The list will include the total amounts they have claimed.

As a requirement under the TCF, Revenue will publish additional details in relation to persons who are members of a single undertaking where claims under the TBESS exceed:

  • €100,000 for any claim period
  • or
  • €10,000 per claim period where the single undertaking is engaged in farming or fishery and aquaculture.

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