Suspension of DECC viability tool brings uncertainty to Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014


Last week Chris Smith of the National Measurement & Regulatory Office (NMRO) announced changes and clarifications to the Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014 including the suspension of the DECC viability tool.

Originally all heat networks were expected to complete an assessment of the viability of installing individual heat meters retrospectively by the 31st December 2016, as well as completing any installations by this time.

On Wednesday last week the initial announcement was made, followed by confirmation on Thursday, that the viability tool would be suspended and reviewed as part of a standardisation exercise across all member states – the regulations originated from the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency 2012.

Matthew Hall, Director of Sycous, who spoke at the Gas Safety Management Conference 2015 on this topic, has summarised these clarifications and changes, which will impact anyone who is already well on their way to completing the old viability tool.

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