The price cap on gas and electricity was the first of the measures the government announced for both households and businesses. It puts a maximum on the price of gas and electricity, up to a certain usage volume. Read all about the price cap.
Energy cost contribution scheme (TEK)
For energy-intensive SMEs, such as bakeries and spas, the government introduces a scheme to pay part of the energy costs: the Energy cost contribution scheme TEK. There are criteria to establish if an SME qualifies as an energy-intensive SME. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO executes this scheme, which will help pay for future bills, but also to compensate for energy costs paid in 2022. Read all about the TEK.
Tax payment extension
Energy-intensive SMEs that meet the conditions for the TEK scheme will be able to apply for a special payment extension for wage tax and/or VAT tax (per 1 October 2022). This can help them bridge the period until the first application window for the TEK scheme opens. The Belastingdienst will announce the details shortly in the following weeks.
Support from financiers
Government and banks are working on a plan to be able to support energy-intensive SMEs with custommade solutions. Possible options are loans for sustainability projects, or extra liquidity.
To stimulate businesses to make their operations more sustainable, the government wants to make it easier for SMEs to get funding for their plans. To this end, the BMKB Groen scheme is introduced: the 'green' branch of the SME credit guarantee scheme. The government guarantees the repayment of loans for sustainability projects to 67.5%. Also, the provision SMEs pay to make use of the scheme is lowered: to 2% for loans that run for up to 6 years, and 3% for loans that run longer than 6 years, with a maximum of 12 years.
Some conditions apply to BMKB Groen:
- companies that want to use the scheme have to meet the definition of an SME: no more than 250 employees, a maximum annual turnover of 50 million euros, or a total balance of max 43 million euros;
- if the loan is used to invest in company assets, these assets must be on the EIA approved list (in Dutch);
- investments to make business premises energy-efficient must result in an energy label C or better.
SMEs can apply for BMKB Groen through their financiers. Financiers other than banks already offer this option. Banks will be able to offer the scheme to their clients from 2023.
Other funds for energy schemes
More money has been made available for these schemes, which aim to stimulate businesses to make their premises and processes more sustainable:
- EIA, the Energy Investment Allowance
- MIA, the Environmental Investment Allowance
- Vamil, the Random Depreciation on Environmental Investments Allowance
If you install solar panels or a solar boiler, you can reduce your energy and hot water bill considerably. There are several subsidies and tax schemes available for buying or using solar panels or boilers.
Wind energy is one of the most efficient types of sustainable energy. Do you want to invest in wind energy, for example by placing a windmill on your business premises? Read about the schemes and rules for wind energy.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK has opened the Energieloket (Energy Desk, in Dutch) for entrepreneurs who have questions about the schemes, or want advice on how to make their business more sustainable.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO offers information on the government support schemes it executes on the page Support for entrepreneurs to compensate for higher energy costs.