The Electricity Costs (Domestic Electricity Accounts) Emergency Measures Act 2022 was signed into law on 04/03/2022 establishing the Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Scheme which will allow for €200 (inclusive of VAT) to be credited to all domestic electricity accounts.

The €176.22 credit line (ex VAT) is the amount consumers will see as a credit line item on their bills. Consumers will not need to apply for this or take any further action as the credit will be automatic.

Those who pay for the electricity should be beneficiaries of the Scheme.

The credit is designed to provide all householders (homeowners, landlords and tenants) with a contribution to their electricity bills. In some cases, tenants in rented accommodation don’t have an electricity account in their own names and pay their landlord for their electricity. The expectation in those circumstances is that landlords will pass on the credit to their tenants.

In the event of a dispute arising, tenants and landlords are encouraged to try and resolve the matter together first by keeping lines of communication open. In the event that the dispute cannot be resolved between the parties, the matter may be referred for the RTB.