Energy Bill Relief Scheme

What it means for you

The Government has introduced the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS). This scheme will apply a discount to energy usage between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023, based on the wholesale price of energy.

Wholesale prices are what energy suppliers pay to purchase the energy. They are not retail prices, which is what end-users pay. Retail prices include other costs such as supplier margins, network costs and green levies.

Eligibility criteria

If you’re on a Flex product, you are eligible for a discount based on your monthly baseload Weighted Average Price (WAP) between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.

Any price reduction will depend on the difference between your monthly weighted average baseload price, determined by your individual hedging approach, and the Government Supported Price of £211/MWh. The maximum support available per unit of energy will also be limited to £345/MWh.

We’ll compare your calculated WAP to the relevant Government Supported Price to calculate your discount.

The discount applied will be in pence per kilowatt hour (p/kWh), and at meter supply point. Cashing in or changing contracting positions or financial instruments, or other similar actions in order to maximise support under the scheme will impact eligibility.

More information regarding EBRS and eligibility can be found on the Government website.

The following table gives examples of how we calculate the discount:

Customers monthly WAP Government supported price Discount Max discount Final discount
£200 £211 £0 £-345 £0
£300 £211 £-89 £-345 £-89
£400 £211 £-189 £-345 £-189
£500 £211 £-289 £-345 £-289
£600 £211 £-389 £-345 £-345
£700 £211 £-489 £-345 £-345

Shaping costs

Opus Energy are following Government guidance that WAP should not include any costs related to trading fees, volume tolerance, shape/imbalance premiums.

Cash-out contracts

Opus Energy have followed Government guidance that cash-out residuals should be included in the WAP.

What if you have additional energy market exposure?

If you have entered into any arrangements outside of your supply contract to manage risks associated with wholesale prices and are expected to use more than 0.5GWh a year or use more than 0.5MW in any half hour, then you need to be aware of part 4 of the EBRS Regulations. You can find more details on the Government's website.