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Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014: proposed amendments


We're seeking views on proposals to amend the regulations to ensure consistency with Energy Efficiency Directive requirements, and to extend their provisions to all heat meters for consumers on heat networks.

This consultation closes at: 11:45pm on 9 January 2020

Consultation description

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
  • landlords
  • local authorities and housing associations with heat networks
  • consumer groups
  • consumers on heat networks
  • the wider heat network industry


Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014: proposed amendments PDF, 528KB, 42 pages

Impact Assessment PDF, 424KB, 26 pages

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