In March we reported that the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations (HNMBR) were to be the subject of a public consultation this summer. The aim of which is to improve the delivery of these regulations and in particular the assessment of technical and economic viability of installing heat meters.
Following the result of last week’s EU referendum these regulations and their public consultation have three clear questions hanging over them:
- Are the regulations going to survive long-term after the UK’s EU exit?
- Is the UK Government going to enforce them in the coming years before exit?
- Is the UK Government going to release the consultation as planned this summer?
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has this week told Sustain that they remain “completely committed to complying with the heat network obligations” under the Energy Efficiency Directive and indeed plan to continue their work to express the benefits of the installation of heat meters. This suggests HNMBR is not going anywhere anytime soon and the work of the regulator will continue. What is possible though is that the public consultation may be delayed.
Whether the regulations are going to survive after the UK’s EU exit is of course too early for DECC to know.
The UK’s HNMBR regulator has itself been subject to change earlier this year when the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) and the Better Regulation Delivery Office joined forces to become the Department for Business Innovation & Skills’ Regulatory Delivery. BIS RD, as we understand it will be abbreviated, will continue to regulate HNMBR under Chris Smith.
Sustain will continue to work with DECC and BIS RD to provide updates to our clients regarding the regulations.
If you have any concerns or wish to talk to one of our experts on these regulations or the wider implications of the EU exit on energy policy, please get in touch with us.
The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling, and hot water. The EED promotes energy efficiency in the EU to achieve the Commission’s 20% headline target on energy efficiency by 2020.