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Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 – Public Consultation – Closes 24 January 2020

Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 – Public Consultation – Closes 24 January 2020
  • United Kingdom
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15-01-2020

The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014. The consultation closes on 24 January 2020.

This is part of the Government’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The government has identified heat decarbonisation as the next big challenge in meeting its net zero target. There are at least 14,000 heat networks in the UK.

Currently in some cases, the regulatory requirement to install metering devices is subject to a ‘cost-effectiveness’ test. The consultation includes proposals for an updated methodology to assess the cost-effectiveness of installing metering devices, to extend provisions on meter accuracy, maintenance and billing based on consumption to all metering devices that are currently installed and to clarify certain elements of the Regulations.

The Government expects the changes to increase the number of customers which have heat meters installed, allowing fair and transparent bills based on consumption.

Those involved in or affected by a heat network should consider the proposals and whether to respond to the consultation. The Government aims to publish its response to the consultation within 12 weeks of it closing.

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