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.
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