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Energy cost relief for energy-intensive SMEs (TEK)


Are you the owner of a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) and do you spend at least 7% of your turnover on energy? Then you may qualify for Energy cost relief for energy-intensive SMEs (TEK).

You cannot apply for TEK yet. The scheme must first be approved by the European Commission, based on whether it is compliant with European regulations for government aid. Applications are expected to open in the first quarter of 2023.

Want to stay up to date on the latest TEK developments? Then sign up using the button below. The application form is in Dutch.

Terms and conditions

The most important conditions are as follows:

  • Your company meets the European criteria to qualify as an SME. Use the SME test (in Dutch) to find out whether this is the case for your company.
  • Your company is registered with the Chamber of Commerce.
  • At least 7% of your company’s turnover is spent on energy. 
  • Your company has fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million.


  • You will receive a maximum amount of €160,000 (this also applies to agricultural enterprises).
  • You will receive compensation for up to 50% of your total energy cost increase (above the threshold price).
  • As this relief falls under European government aid regulations, it will be awarded based on the total energy costs per company, not per energy contract or per site.

Applying for TEK

Applications are expected to open the first quarter of 2023. You will then be able to apply for relief for the period from 1 November 2022 to December 2023. This means that part of the relief will be awarded retroactively. 

Please do not apply for the scheme if you can manage without it.

More information

If you have any questions about TEK, please get in touch with us.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out TVL on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The Dutch government expects enterprises to conduct business responsibly, respecting people, the environment and society following international OECD guidelines and human rights treaties.

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