Energy Intensive Industries (EII) exemption – what it means for all businesses

The government has introduced a support scheme that helps the UK’s Energy Intensive Industries compete with companies in countries with lower energy costs. However, this will slightly push up the electricity prices  for all other businesses. Read on to find out what it means for your business and what to do next.

For EII businesses

Contract for Difference (CfD) exemptions started on 3 November 2017 with exemptions for the Renewable Obligation (RO) starting on 1 April 2018.

Feed in Tariff (FiT) exemptions are less certain with State Aid approval still required. Government has been in discussion with the European Commission for approval of the State Aid case for this exemption – already received for the other two exemptions.  However, it looks unlikely anything will happen before April 2019 at the earliest.

For all other businesses

Most businesses won’t qualify for any rebate and the cost of this scheme will effectively be paid for by all non EII exempt electricity users across the UK rather than by the government.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published its revised RO level for 2018-19, which confirmed that the exemption to some costs for EII customers would start from 1 April 2018. The full announcement can be accessed on the BEIS website.

Depending on your contract, the revised RO level for 2018/19 could mean an increase in the costs that you pay. We already include this extra charge in all new Fixed + Peace of Mind quotes. So our prices reflect the EII scheme as it’s currently designed.

So if you’re looking at a contract, remember to check that each offer includes the EII cost. Now more than ever, a price that looks too good to be true probably is. 

Working out if you qualify

Energy Intensive Industries include sectors such as the steel, chemicals, engineering and brick making industries where energy usage makes up a significant part of production costs. Here is the government’s list of designated EIIs and the qualification rules. (GOV.UK website)

To complete your application you’ll need to prove your average electricity spend over your last three financial years also meets the scheme’s criteria. You can access your EDF Energy bills in MyAccount.

Don’t delay. Rebates are paid from the month you register and aren’t backdated.

Stay up to date on future energy costs.

The EII exemption is the latest change to the costs behind your electricity price, but it won’t be the last. There’s an easy way to stay abreast of changes to the key cost components in your electricity price.

Read our forecasts in the Monitor report published quarterly in our Market Insight portal. You have free access as an EDF Energy customer. 

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