If you supply and charge customers for the supply of heating, cooling or hot water, then you will be bound by obligations imposed by the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 (the Regulations). The supply could be through a central source in a building occupied by more than one customer (known as communal heating) or through a district heat network (DHN).
Regulation 3 obliges heat suppliers to provide notification to the Secretary of State of any DHN or communal heating system. The deadline for submitting notifications was 31 December 2015.
In this article we look at the consequences of non-compliance and the continuing notification obligations of heat suppliers.
Heat suppliers who failed to submit a notification by the deadline of 31 December 2015 have committed an offence and could be liable for a fine. Failure to pay the fine could result in criminal proceedings.
You should submit a notification to the Secretary of State as soon as is feasibly possible.
A notification must include the following:
To submit a notification, the heat supplier must complete a notification template which is available here. Heat suppliers will need to choose between single network templates or multiple network templates dependent on how assessments are made (eg making assessments to networks individually or collating the data in bulk).
Heat suppliers must submit a notification in respect of any DHNs or communal heating systems which commence operation after 31 December 2015, on or before the date of first operation.
Heat suppliers are under a duty to submit an updated notification every four years.
Once they have complied with the duty to notify, heat suppliers cannot sit back. They must comply with further obligations in the Regulations, in relation to individual metering and the provision of bills and billing information, by 31 December 2016.
Contributor: Alexandra Holsgrove Jones
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