What is the Supply Suspension Scheme?
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has announced a suspension of certain electricity and gas charges for eligible businesses as a result of Covid-19. Business customers must apply through their energy supplier in order to participate in the scheme.
The objective of the scheme is to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to manage the costs associated with their energy connections when temporarily closed as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.
The scheme is available from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020 and can result in savings for your business. A customer who avails of the scheme will have no energy or networks charges billed to their meter for the duration of the scheme.
Who can apply?
Your supplier should be contacted directly if you have any questions on the scheme or your eligibility. If you are in the process of switching supplier then your new supplier should be contacted.
In order to be eligible for the scheme a number of conditions must be met including all of the following:
your business is not an essential service provider, as defined by the Government in the context of Covid-19;
your business was trading before 13th March 2020;
your business premises has been closed as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions and will remain closed for a continuous period from 28th March 2020 and the date that the relevant Covid-19 restrictions are lifted; and
your electricity meter category is either DG5 or DG6 or you gas meter category is commercial non-daily metered.
How much can you save?
For electricity customers, ESB Networks will permanently waive the DUOS standing charge and the DUOS capacity (MIC) charge where applicable to the site for the duration of the suspension period. These charges are not related to your metered consumption.
For a DG5 meter category the DUOS standing charge is €95.75 per year or €23.61 for 90 days (ex VAT).
For a DG6 meter category the DUOS standing charge is €893.07 per year or €220.21 for 90 days (ex VAT).
The DUOS capacity (MIC) charge applicable to a DG6 meter category is €33.33 per KVA of MIC per year (ex VAT).
For natural gas customers, Gas Networks Ireland will set the estimated gas consumption value to zero and will permanently waive the non daily metered Exit Capacity Charge and Supply Point Capacity (SPC) charge for the duration of the suspension period. These charges are not related to your metered consumption.
For the average Small Business User (SBU) this amounts to €308 per year or €76 for 90 days (ex VAT).
For the average Medium Business User (MBU) this amounts to €1,624 per year or €400 for 90 days (ex VAT).
For the average Fuel Variation Tariff (FVT) this amounts to €10,463 per year or €2,580 for 90 days (ex VAT).
Please note that the above gas charges are averages and will vary depending on your site SPC.
How to apply?
The scheme is being administered directly by the energy suppliers and we have provided links below to the relevant supplier website pages on the scheme. If you are in the processes of switching supplier, you should contact your new supplier in relation to the scheme.
Links to the relevant supplier website pages are as follows:
Bord Gais: please click here
Electric Ireland: please click here
Energia: please click here
Flogas: please click here
SSE Airtricity: please click here
Please contact your current energy supplier for further details. The CRU decision paper can be found here.