Energy subsidy

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As a result of an energy price increase, the state will start paying energy subsidies to households with low or medium income. The subsidy will partially compensate their electricity, gas and district heating expenses.

A person’s/household’s income is considered low or medium if their average salary during the subsidy period is:

·        €1126 per the household’s only/first member;

·        €563 (or 50%) per every household member aged 14 and up;

·        €338€ (or 30%) per every household member under 14 years of age.

 

For example, the income limit to qualify for a household of two adults is 1689 euros. For a household of two adults and two under 14-year old children, the income limit is 2365 euros.

You can check whether you qualify for a subsidy by using the Ministry of Finance’s online calculator, available in Estonian and Russian.

People can apply for energy subsidies in Tallinn from the 17th of January.  From 3 January, Tallinn residents can ask for more information from the energy subsidy helpline 600 6300 (Phone is open  Mon 8.15-17.45; Tue-Thu 8.15-16.45 ja Fri 8.15-15.45). .

The subsidy period lasts from September 2021 to April 2022 (included). Residents can submit their applications until the 12 June. The person can choose how many months they will apply for the subsidy for. NB! We advise you to consider applying for an energy subsidy for multiple months at once to ensure that the subsidy amount totals at least 10 euros, because lower subsidy amounts shall not be paid.

 

How much of the energy expenses will be compensated in one month?

80% of the energy bill is compensated if the expenses surpass:

  1.    €120/MWh (or 12c/kWh) for electricity;
  2.    €49/MWh (or 4,9c/kWh) for gas;
  3.    €78/MWh (or 7,8c/kWh) for district heating.

The minimum monthly amount you can apply for is 10 euros: lower amounts will not be paid out. We recommend collecting your bills from multiple months and submit a collective application.

The maximum monthly amount you can apply for is 500 euros for all energy expenses (electricity, gas and district heating) in total.

See more information on the Ministry of Finance website in Estonian and in Russian.

 

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    How to start applying:

    In order to reduce contact during the COVID pandemic, we recommend submitting your application using our online system (taotlen.tallinn.ee) and applying for a subsidy for multiple months at once.

    People who do not know how to use our online system should first ask for help from their relatives. If this is not possible, please call the social welfare office in the district of your current registered residence to make an appointment. Registering in advance helps to avoid unnecessary contact and protect everyone’s health. Before visiting the social welfare department, you can fill in the energy subsidy application in advance.

     

     

    Personal identification

    Log in self-service 

    Application registration

    Please check your expense documents and make sure they match the requirements of the application.

    What documents do you need to apply?

    1.Expense documents that partial reimbursement is requested for and that show the following energy consumption:

      • for electricity, the amount of energy consumed in kilowatt- or megawatt-hours and the total electricity expenses (in EUR). In addition, if the invoice is from an apartment association, it must be clear which costs (e.g. heating, water heating) are electricity-based;
      • for gas, the amount of gas consumed in kilowatt- or megawatt-hours or cubic meters and the total gas expenses (in EUR). In addition, if the invoice is from an apartment association, it must be clear which expenses (e.g. heating, water heating) are gas-based;
      • for district heating, if the applicant lives in a district heating area with a maximum price set by the Competition Authority, the total district heating expenses (in EUR) and the name and network area of the district heating company (e.g. Adven Eesti AS, Põhja-Tallinn network area). In addition, if the invoice is from an apartment association, it must be clear which expenses (e.g. heating, water heating) are based on district heating;
      • for district heating, if the applicant does not live in a district heating area with a maximum price set by the Competition Authority, the application must show the total district heating expenses (in EUR) and the monthly average or end-of-month unit price (per kWh or MWh) for the relevant month and January 2021. In addition, it must be clear which expenses (e.g. heating, water heating) are based on district heating.

    PS! If you get invoices directly from your apartment association you do not need to change them, the apartment association must issue an invoice or an annex to the invoice with the necessary information (the invoice or the annex may be put together in a way that makes it valid for the entire period).

    2.         if the household lives in a place other than the residence presented in population register or if they do not own their residence (meaning that it cannot be verified using the Land Register), the application must include a document of housing tenure status (lease contract, right of use, etc.);

    3.         if the applicant receives state benefits or is undergoing an enforcement proceeding, they must include related documents (bank statement or, if it does not prove benefit receival, a hand-written and signed record about benefit payment etc).

    Result

    How long will it take to receive a subsidy?

    Application assessment may take up to 35 working days. If the application includes all necessary information, the subsidy will be paid out in the next seven working days. If the applicant must submit additional information, they must provide it within the next five working days.

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