Energy cost contribution scheme for energy-intensive SMEs (TEK)

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Do you have an SME that consumes a lot of energy? And do these costs make up a substantial part of your overall costs? You may be eligible for support to compensate for higher energy costs.

What is the Energy Cost Contribution scheme TEK?

The Energy Cost Contribution scheme (Tegemoetkoming Energiekosten-regeling, TEK) is meant as support for the period 1 November 2022 until 31 December 2023. This gives entrepreneurs space to make their business more sustainable and future-proof.

The TEK amounts to 50% of the price increase above the so-called threshold price. It will be calculated based on the price increase of the full energy bill. The threshold price is determined at €1,19 per m³ gas and €0,35 per kWh electricity. You can also view a sample calculation (in Dutch).

Who can apply?

You can apply for the TEK scheme if you have an energy-intensive SME. This means that the type of service or product you supply takes a lot of electricity or gas. Your business is considered energy-intensive if gas and electricity costs amount to 7% or more of your turnover.

To be eligible for the TEK, you must meet the conditions:

  • you are an SME according to the EU definition (you have no more than 250 employees and your yearly turnover is less than €50 million)
  • you have started your business before 1 January 2023 and are registered in the Business Register
  • your energy consumption costs are at least 7% of your annual turnover
  • you have a business energy contract

Your energy costs will be calculated using data from your grid administrator. A model price is used to determine the energy intensity of your enterprise. This model price is the average of gas and electricity prices in the 4th quarter of 2022. For gas the model price is set at €2.41 per m3 and for electricity at €0.59 per kWh. You can find more information and calculation examples (in Dutch) at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's (RVO) website. Turnover will be determined using turnover data for the year 2022 from turnover tax returns.

Read all conditions for the TEK (in Dutch) at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's (RVO) website.

How to apply?

You could apply for the Energy Cost Contribution scheme (in Dutch) until 2 October 2023, 17:00 hours to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). You cannot submit a new application. Did you submit an application? At the beginning of 2024, you must submit a request for a decision (vaststelling aanvragen, in Dutch) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency will determine the final amount of the TEK. You may have to repay part of the advance payment you received. Read more on what happens after your application (in Dutch).

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO