A reminder of the heat network regulations – what’s required?
The Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations 2014 (HNMBR) place certain responsibilities on anyone supplying and charging for heat, cooling or hot water. These include:
- Installing building level meters on district heating networks by 18th December 2014.
- Notifying Regulatory Delivery (RD) of the existence of your network(s) by 31st December 2015.
- Where technically and financially viable, fitting heat meters or Heat Cost Allocators (HCAs) to accurately measure, memorise and display the consumption of final customers by 31st December 2016.
- To ensure heat meters or HCAs are continuously operating, maintained and periodically checked for errors.
- To bill customers fairly, transparently and based on actual consumption where cost effective to do so.
- To submit an updated notification every four years following first notification.
Next steps – What do I need to do?
If you are yet to complete steps 1 and 2 and you would like more information on this, please get in touch.
In relation to the 31st December 2016 deadline (to test the cost-effectiveness of fitting heat meters in multi-occupancy buildings, and where appropriate fit them) the European Commission is currently developing guidance on the application of cost-effectiveness tests for heat metering, under the Energy Efficiency Directive. This means that the earlier cost-effectiveness tool will need to be revised. In most properties, the tool had indicated that individual heat meters will not be cost-effective. Therefore, pending the revision of the tool, no further assessments should be undertaken. RD will be taking a pragmatic approach for any non-compliance with this requirement until a new tool and re-testing date is in place.
A public consultation will be launched by RD in early 2017 to determine a revised methodology for assessing the cost effectiveness of metering for district and communal heat networks. The consultation will also seek input from heat network operators following experience from the first two years of enforcement. It is therefore expected that the revised cost-effectiveness tool and accompanying regulatory amendments will be issued later in 2017.