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Help with energy bills SME (price cap)

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective date: 1 January 2023

What changes?

Is your business (SME) affected by high energy prices? The government introduces a temporary price cap on energy prices from 1 January 2023.

This price cap on energy prices applies to all households and other small (low-volume) users (in Dutch). For gas the maximum rate will be €1.45 per m3 up to a consumption of 1,200 cubic metres (m3). For electricity the maximum rate will be lowered to €0.40 per kWh with a maximum consumption of 2,900 kWh. For all usage that exceeds these tresholds the rates for small consumers users remain as is stated in their energy contract.

Small users

The price cap wil apply to all small users. Not only all households, but also self-employed professionals (zzp'ers), shops, associations (clubs), small social organisations, and a number of small SMEs.

Fixed discount in November and December

Households and other low-volume users will receive a discount of €190 for each month on their energy bill. This is a flat rate for all small users and will be settled via the energy suppliers.

Energy Cost Contribution scheme (TEK) for energy-intensive SMEs

For energy-intensive SMEs a subsidy scheme is being worked out. The Energy Cost Contribution scheme (Tegemoetkoming Energiekosten-regeling, TEK) is meant for SMEs such as bakeries, garden centres, and saunas.

When the subsidy scheme for energy-intensive SMEs will start is not yet known.

For whom?

  • SME entrepreneurs who need help with energy bills.


The price cap on energy prices for small users will enter into effect on 1 January 2023. It is not yet known when the TEK will be available.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the Upper and Lower Houses (Eerste en Tweede Kamer) of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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