Enhancements to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

June 07, 2023

The Revenue Commissioners have announced that a number of enhancements have been made to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).

The enhancements are as follows:

  • the extension of the scheme to 31 July 2023
  • an increase in the monthly limit on payments for claim periods from 1 March 2023 onwards:
    • the €10,000 monthly limit on payments under the scheme has been increased to €15,000 per qualifying business
    • the €30,000 monthly limit has been increased to €45,000 per qualifying business in cases where the qualifying business operates across multiple locations.
  • a reduction of the energy costs threshold from 50% to 30%, with effect from 1 September 2022
  • an increase in the Temporary Business Energy Payment (TBEP) amount from 40% to 50% of a business’ eligible costs from 1 March 2023
  • and
  • an extension of the time limit for all claims to 30 September 2023.

A qualifying business can make claims for the September 2022 to July 2023 claim periods.

Revenue is automatically reassessing claims using the new 30% energy costs threshold. A business does not need to amend claims previously submitted to take account of the revised threshold. A business will receive a notification in their Revenue Online Service (ROS) inbox if any additional payment is due.

The TBESS guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes and a general overview of the scheme is available here.

Government has also agreed to the development and implementation of a Scheme to assist businesses which have been impacted by significant increases in the cost of kerosene heating oil. We are still awaiting design information on this but will update members once we know more.

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