Manchester seminar shows how to comply with heat network regulations on metering and billing

New legal requirements for heat network suppliers, such as developers and landlords, will be explained at a free lunchtime seminar in Manchester on Wednesday 10 February 2016.

Community heat metering and billing specialist Switch2 and Sure Maintenance will host a briefing session on The Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations.

The seminar is aimed at district and community heating suppliers, who will find out about the urgent steps they need to take to comply with the EU regulations and the metering and billing solutions that are available.

The new UK legislation stems from the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and affects every district and community heating scheme in the country.

The Heat Network Regulations introduce new rules about installing meters for monitoring and billing usage. By December 2016, consumers should know how much heat they are using, which requires the installation of meters for each final customer, where feasible.

Ian Allan, Head of Research and Development at Switch2, said: “We’ll be explaining the requirements of the Heat Network Regulations and the upcoming deadlines. We will also offer practical advice on how to retrofit compliant heat smart metering and billing systems that can simplify heat scheme management to benefit both landlords and residents.

He continued: “As well as introducing new metering requirements, there’s major changes to billing. It’s not longer acceptable to use flat rate billing and all bills must be based on what consumers actually use to ensure fairness and transparency. We will detail the complex requirements and any exceptions that might apply.”

Jane Cunningham, Director of Sure Maintenance said: ” The legal requirements will be strongly enforced, so it’s very important that landlords and developers understand what changes they need to make. The good news is that many existing customers of Sure Maintenance are in a good position to tap into the knowledge that the Sure Team has regarding the existing specification and condition of communal sites. This will simply the notifying, surveying, design and installation of the metering solution.”

This seminar will provide examples of real life heat schemes, demonstrating how the introduction of metering can bring huge cost saving and efficiency benefits to both landlords and residents. 

To register for a free seminar place please email marketing@switch2.co.uk or lwilliams@suregroup.co.uk or call 01274 535530.

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