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Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) Overview

The scheme was announced as part of Budget 2023 to help businesses cope with the recent rises in energy costs. It provides qualifying businesses with up to 40% of the increase in electricity or gas bills up to €10,000 per month.


Your business can make a claim under the scheme if it:

  • is tax compliant
  • carry on a Case I trade or Case II profession (including certain charities and approved sporting bodies in relation to certain income)
  • have experienced a significant increase of 50 per cent or more in their natural gas and electricity average unit price between the relevant bill period in 2022 and the corresponding reference period in 2021.

Making a claim

Qualifying businesses can claim for 40% of the increases in their energy bills, subject to a monthly cap. The increase in energy bills must be between the ‘claim period’ and the ‘reference period’. Claims for an electricity or natural gas bill must be made within 4 months of the end of the claim period.

For example, a claim period is a calendar month from September 2022 to February 2023. A reference period is the corresponding calendar month in the previous year.

Claim period              Reference period             Time limit for making a claim
September 2022            September 2021                     31 January 2023
October 2022                 October 2021                          28 February 2023
November 2022             November 2021                     31 March 2023
December 2022             December 2021                      30 April 2023
January 2023                 January 2022                         31 May 2023
February 2023               February 2022                       30 June 2023


For more information and to make a claim, visit the TBESS ( website here.

> Link to Revenue Guidelines, version 4.
> For more related supports through the energy agency, contact the South East Energy Agency team on

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Tbess Map

Registrations by county, Source: Revenue