The closing date for this consultation is now 11:45pm on 9 January 2020 (extended from 12 December 2019 due to the election period).
This consultation sets out proposals to amend the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations to ensure, where technically feasible and cost-effective, that:
- final consumption metering devices are installed on heat and cooling networks
- billing is based on consumption
It seeks views on the introduction of 3 building classes to which a range of categories of buildings are assigned:
- the ‘Viable’ class (meters must be installed)
- the ‘Exempt’ class (meters not required)
- the ‘Open’ class (meters or heat cost allocators required if cost-effective)
We are consulting further on the proposed updated methodology and associated tool for assessing the cost-effectiveness of meter installations for buildings in the ‘Open’ class.
We also propose to extend the scope of the current requirements on meter accuracy, maintenance and billing to all installed metering devices.
We would like views from:
- heat suppliers
- businesses supporting metering and billing
- local authorities and housing associations with heat networks
- consumer groups
- consumers on heat networks
- the wider heat network industry