The Government has announced the details of how the Energy Price Guarantee will work for Northern Ireland. The support given will be equivalent to that received by domestic use customers in Great Britain.

 The scheme will work for Northern Ireland domestic use customers in the same way as it does in Great Britain. The key concepts will be the same:

  • There is no action required by customers in order to benefit.
  • The price guarantee will be delivered by way of a discount on energy prices.
  • Your energy provider will discount the unit price of gas and electricity to endure that the price you pay does not exceed the energy price guaranteed by the government.

The scheme for Northern Ireland differs as follows:

  • The scheme starts on 1 November, so support will be backdated to October 2022, in line with Great Britain.
  • The backdated support is delivered through the discount applied to the unit price for gas and electricity. An increased discount is therefore available:
    • Up to 19.9p/kWh for electricity
    • Up to 4.8p/kWh for gas
  • The £400 discount off energy bills, that has already begun to be paid in Great Britain, will also be paid this winter. The government is currently working on a solution as to how to deliver this as soon as possible.

The support for Northern Ireland non-domestic use customers will be very similar to the Energy Bill Relief Scheme in place for Great Britain.

Useful guides on this topic:

Energy Price Guarantee for domestic users
The Government has announced that a new Energy Price Guarantee will apply to domestic electricity and gas consumers.

Energy Bill Relief Scheme
The government has released details of how its new Energy Bill Relief scheme will provide help for business customers in Great Britain from 1 October 2022 until 31 March 2023.

External link:

Energy bills support factsheet

Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers (Northern Ireland)

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