Guidance

Unmetered supplies of electricity

Responsibilities of the Office for Product Safety and Standards in relation to unmetered supplies of electricity.

Documents

Unmetered supplies of electricity: Guidance to the UMS regulations, version 3.0

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Unmetered supplies of electricity: Government response to consultation, March 2014

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Unmetered supplies of electricity: Industry guidance review letter, October 2013

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Details

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is currently responsible for unmetered supplies of electricity as prescribed by the Electricity (Unmetered Supply) Regulations (SI 2001/3263).

The regulations allow for electricity to be ‘sold’, in certain circumstances, without the quantity being registered by an approved meter and are commonly used for street lighting, traffic signals and other street furniture.

Following requests from industry stakeholders, guidance to accompany the regulations was published in August 2012, with agreement at the time that it would be reviewed after one year of use. In October 2013, an open letter was issued to stakeholders inviting them to provide responses to questions and submit any comments or suggested amendments to the guidance. The aim of the review was to seek clarification on a number of issues raised by certain stakeholders.

The government response to this consultation was published in March 2014 and version 2.0 of the guidance to accompany the regulations was issued. This summarises the requirements of the regulations and is intended to help clarify them.

Contact

If you wish to speak to a member of staff please contact:

Electricity Metering Team

Utilities Team
Office for Product Safety and Standards
Stanton Avenue

Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 0JZ

Published 17 August 2012
Last updated 2 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Guidance to the Unmetered Supplies of Electricity Regulations has been updated. Version 3.0 replaces version 2.0.
  2. First published.