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Update to the Heat Network Regulations October 2016

Posted by Ian Allan on 13-Oct-2016 14:44:02

Brexit and the employment of a new Prime Minister has played a major part in the movement of UK economics and bigger movement in departments within the Government. The NMRO no longer exists, and has been absorbed, along with DECC into  BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

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It is an exciting time for UK politics, and the heat debate has continued with the March 2016 announcement to delay the feasibility tool (used to test the financial and technical feasibility of fitting final customer meter to existing un metered residential buildings)  and the extended deadline of the installation of meters for each final customer.

Established in 2014, The Heat Network Regulations were introduced as  transposition of the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive; an cornerstone in the EU Europe 2020 plan for member states to lower their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The regulations relate to the distribution of thermal energy from a central source to more than one end user, building or location for the purposes of heating, cooling or hot water supply; district and community heating. The person or body ultimately responsible for supplying and charging these end users (termed a ‘heat supplier’) is now obligated to meet three key requirements:

  • Duty to Notify
  • Duty to Meter
  • Duty to Bill

For a full breakdown of these three stipulations, download our free eGuide for full guidance.

Fast forward 2 years and like most regulation, we are still seeing the teething problems often associated with the  role out of a new law. So what are the updates from BEIS on the regulations? We’ve compiled a list of some of the questions raised at our heat seminar session, where BEIS announced the latest changes to the regulation.

What’s changed with the heat networks?

Simply put, the duty to fit final customer meters to existing un metered buildings has been put on hold. The December 2016 deadline is to be extended for at least one year awaiting for the re-launch of the feasibility tool..

It is expected that  a consultation will be held in early 2017 to with a view to releasing the revised tool later in the year. The new deadline will then be for fitting meters will then be set. There is of course nothing to stop you complying with these regulations now, the option to opt out is optional, and in anycase will need

Point of entry meters... yey/ney?

Obligation to fit point of entry meters is still in place and this will be eventually enforced if ignored. BEIS recommend to the you should comply with  this regulatory.

Will Brexit affect the regulation?

It is very unlikely that Brexit will affect the heat network regulations, as carbon reduction is a global commitment, not just European Union lead. In other terms, it’s business as usual.. Unless told otherwise.

Key takeaways:

  • The only parts of the regulation that are on hold are the feasibility tool and the retrofit of final meters. All other deadlines and requirements still stand
  • Point of entry meters are an obligation and therefore should be fitted, this law is still enforceable
  • There are no changes to Duty to Notify or Duty to Bill

Updates to the heat network regs

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Ian Allan

Head of R&D at Switch2