What is an energy micro businessAre you a micro business? See the definition and standards set by energy regulator Ofgem to help protect micro businesses.

Before 31st March 2014

In January 2010, the energy regulator Ofgem introduced new rules covering micro business customers entering into gas and electricity contracts.

What’s a micro business?

Before 31st March 2014, Ofgem defines a micro business customer as a consumer supplied or requiring to be supplied with gas or electricity at premises other than domestic premises, with:

> an annual consumption of electricity of not more than 55,000 kWh;

> OR an annual consumption of gas of not more than 200,000 kWh;

OR

> Fewer than 10 employees (or their full time equivalent); AND an annual turnover or annual balance sheet total not exceeding €2 million.

A business only has to meet one of these three criteria to qualify as a microbusiness customer, although the consumption threshold applies to the fuel being supplied.

After 31st March 2014

For new and renewing customers after 31st March 2014, Ofgem defines a micro business customer as a consumer supplied or requiring to be supplied with gas or electricity at premises other than domestic premises, with:

> an annual consumption of electricity of not more than 100,000 kWh;

OR

> an annual consumption of gas of not more than 293,000 kWh;

OR

> Fewer than 10 employees (or their full time equivalent); AND an annual turnover or annual balance sheet total not exceeding €2 million.

> A business only has to meet one of these three criteria to qualify as a micro business customer, although the consumption threshold applies to the fuel being supplied.

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