On 9 June 2015 ENER-G Switch2 hosted a breakfast seminar about the new Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.
Joining ENER-G Switch2 for the session were representatives from the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) and Leeds City Council.
Over forty guests from housing associations, local authorities and industry bodies attended the session. Chris Smith from the NMRO opened the seminar with an interesting overview of the regulations including some much-needed clarifications.
Following Chris Smith was Ian Allan, Head of Research and Development for ENER-G Switch2, who discussed the benefits of metering and presented a case study about the introduction of ran through metering onto a previously flat rate charged scheme.
Jon Andrews, Project Manager, Leeds City Council presented on the Clydes Biomass district heating project, which is currently being developed in Leeds. The scheme supports Leeds City Council’s aspirations to cut carbon emissions and reduce fuel poverty across the city.
The question and answer session was a particularly lively part of the seminar with many guests keen to clarify parts of the regulation relevant to their own district and community heating schemes. Questions ranged from the requirement to install bulk meters, to billing and the notification process.
Feedback from the seminar was very positive and we are planning on hosting further sessions like this to cover a range of hot topics in the community heating sector.
Kirsty Lambert, Director at ENER-G Switch2, who opened and closed the seminar, said:
“The seminar was a success and from speaking with many of the guests afterwards I know they were much clearer about their obligations and felt the session had been of benefit to them. We hope to hold further sessions to help our clients and other industry stakeholders.”