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Heat Network Regulations Update Announced

03 November 2016
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Following Brexit and the appointment of the new Prime Minister, some changes have been announced that affect the Heat Network Metering & Billing Regulations for district and communal heating systems. The regulations were previously enforced by DECC with the National Measurement and Regulations Office (NMRO), which have both now been integrated into the new Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced the following -

  • New regulations are due mid-2017
  • They plan to make the regulations clearer
  • The new regulations will deal with snags that have been identified
  • Reviewing bulk meters in the consultation
  • New viability test and new tool is due to be introduced mid 2017
  • The date from which final customer meters must be fitted subject to cost-effective tests will be detailed in the amended regulations planned for 2017

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The purpose of these regulations is to allow users of heating, cooling and hot water supplies to be aware of the level of their consumption. The Regulations apply where a payment is made for the supply of heating/cooling. It is the responsibility of building owners, developers and Housing Associations to install meters in each dwelling to accurately measure energy usage, for residents of communal or district schemes.

Viability Tool

A major part of the regulations that has not come into play to date has been the viability tool to determine whether an existing development should install heat meters.

Despite extensive discussions in Europe, to date nothing formally has been issued for each country to implement and therefore BEIS are producing their own viability test which will be based on the drafts which have come out of the EU.

The Consultation on the viability tool is now expected in early 2017 and compliance required by August 2018

Download our Guide to the Regulations HERE


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Communal & District Heating

A communal or district heating system supplies heat to a number of dwellings from a common heat source. It may comprise of, for example, a system heating a block of apartments or a larger scale system heating many buildings.

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Metering & Billing

We provide various metering & billing solutions for heat networks. These range from data only, through to a Pre-payment system, or a complete remote billing solution using BUS or Ethernet communication to provide the end user with a fully itemised energy bill.

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Heat Interface Units

Our range of ModuSat® eco-efficient heat interface units (HIUs) have been designed to provide apartments and communal housing developments with independent fast recovery hot water and high efficiency heating.

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