The initial phase of compliance for the Heat Network Regulations is now complete. This involved gathering the necessary heat network data and submitting a notification of compliance to the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO). With these initial steps complete, you may be wondering – what happens next?
Based on our experience of supporting organisations with legislative compliance and our close working relationship with both the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the NMRO, we’ve come up with some useful next steps for organisations to consider.
Stay up to date with the regulations
It is vital that you stay on top of any ongoing developments to the regulations, whether it’s through maintaining contact with your compliance partner or with the NMRO, so that you can take action as quickly as possible.
The next stage of the regulations requires a viability assessment to be undertaken to determine whether heat meters are required for all final customers utilising your heat networks. Once the assessment tool is made available – this is expected in the coming months – you will need to act as quickly as possible. Currently the legislation states that if meters are deemed necessary, they will need to be installed by the 31st December 2016.
Consider your metering options
In the case that you are required to install any metering technology, you may find it useful to look at what your options are now. To save time further down the line, it’s worth considering;
• What type of metering is most appropriate for your system?
• Where and how will heat meters be installed?
• How will you bill final customers if heat meters are installed?
If you wish to look at your metering options in more detail – including procurement, installation and costs – we can help.
Optimise your heat networks
Are your heat networks operating efficiently? Now is an excellent opportunity to consider how they can be improved. Reviewing the operational efficiency, improving or installing insulation and optimising heating controls can significantly improve the performance and reduce the operating costs of your system.
For a more in depth look at how the efficiency of your heat network can be improved, you might find our previous blog post on the subject useful.
At Sustain we aim to continue providing clear and comprehensive advice regarding the Heat Network Regulations so if you have any questions regarding the Heat Network regulations or the efficiency of your network, please get in touch.