Changes to Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations announced
The government has announced changes to The Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations, introduced as part of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
The European Commission is updating guidance on the application of cost effectiveness tests for the installation of final customer meters into existing buildings on heat networks. As such, the Heat Metering Viability Tool introduced by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has been withdrawn and an alternative version is being developed. This tool is used by heat suppliers to check if retrofitting final customer metering is feasible on their scheme.
Pending revision of the tool, the requirement to install heat meters to measure final consumption from a heat network in buildings occupied by more than one final customer will not be enforced by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO).
The application of this tool is optional and is only necessary if the heat supplier wishes to avoid fitting final customer meters by the end of 2016.
Other requirements under the new legislation remain unchanged, for example, buildings connected to ‘District Heat Networks’ must be to be fitted with point of entry meters.
Those in charge of supplying and charging for community energy schemes (the ‘heat supplier’) are also still required to bill end consumers and provide ‘billing information’ based on accurate and regular meter reads.
Ian Allan, Head of R&D at ENER-G Switch2, said: “We support the withdrawal of the current Heat Metering Viability Tool in favour of an updated more accurate version that is capable of identifying where metering can be cost effective. In our experience of applying meters and controls to district heating schemes in the social housing sector, we see savings of 30 to 50%, compared to flat rate schemes. This is critical in addressing fuel poverty and carbon reduction.”