Leeds City Council partners with Switch2 to comply with Heat Network Regulations
Leeds City Council is partnering with Switch2 Energy to achieve compliance with the updated Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations.
Switch2 has been Leeds City Council’s metering and billing partner for more than 20 years – serving 1,400 properties across 9 sites with heat networks. This includes the provision of smart meters and pay-as-you-go and credit billing services.
Recent updates to the regulations mean that in less than 4 months’ time (by 27 November 2021), heat network suppliers must complete assessments to determine whether they need to retrofit final customer meters or heat cost allocators on existing unmetered networks.
This new legal requirement applies unless it is economically or technically unfeasible to do so, or the buildings are classed as exempt. Where proved viable, installations must be completed by 1 September 2022.
It has been mandatory to install final customer meters on new builds and most buildings undergoing major renovation since the regulations were first introduced in 2014, but the legal requirement to install heat meters within existing properties was delayed. This was due to issues with a feasibility tool to assess the economic and technical viability of retrofitting metering.
With most of Leeds City Council’s schemes already metered there were only 8 schemes which needed surveying. To start the compliance process, Switch2 firstly carried out a desktop assessment of unmetered housing stock following its Meter2Bill process. It was determined that 6 of the 8 residential sites fell into the ‘open’ class – requiring a feasibility assessment to determine the viability of retrofitting individual meters. The other two sites were exempt.
Switch2’s on-site metering engineers then completed physical surveys to conclude that it was technically viable to retrofit final customer meters within individual homes at 3 of the 6 open class sites. It was confirmed that the other open class sites were not currently viable due to pipework configurations and the ageing heat infrastructure.
Using the revised cost effectiveness tool, which was recently introduced as part of the regulatory updates, Switch2 provided the information required by Leeds to complete the new notifications template before the November 2021 deadline.
Switch2 has also costed the supply and installation of new metering equipment across the 100 viable properties, enabling upgrades to be carried out ahead of the regulatory September 2022 completion date.
Simon Hemingway – Gas Compliance Manager for Leeds City Council, said: “Switch2 has supported us every step of the way, providing expert support through the process of better understanding our housing stock through surveys – to give clarity where we are required by law to install meters. From these findings we are putting plans in place install to meters into our schemes to ensure compliance and to deliver an excellent service to our residents.”
The regulations were first introduced in 2014 to align with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Enforcement is carried out by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), with civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance. Legislation applies to all sites that distribute thermal energy for heating, cooling or hot water from a central source to more than one end user, building or location.
For more information contact:
John Kennerley, Technical Sales Advisor
telephone: 0330 053 5599 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | website: www.switch2.co.uk
view profile on ESTA at: www.estaenergy.org.uk/members/switch2-energy-limited
All Switch2 Energy Limited News
- Procure Plus appoints Switch2 to national heat network framework
- Switch2 Energy has been appointed to the Procure Plus framework to supply its new connected ICON heat interface units to heat network providers across social housing and the public sector throughout the UK. | 14th December 2021
- Higher gas prices improve payback of heat network metering
- Record high gas prices have multiplied the payback of installing individual smart metering systems in homes connected to heat networks, according to Switch2 Energy. | 17th November 2021
- How to take urgent steps to comply with heat network regulations
- How to take urgent steps to comply with heat network regulations | 28th October 2021
- Free guide explains important updates to heat network regulations
- District heating specialist Switch2 Energy has published the Essential Guide to the Heat Network Regulations | 1st October 2021
- Heat networks: Making the cost effective transition to net zero
- Heat networks: Making the cost effective transition to net zero | 16th September 2021
- New heat network funding opportunities
- Heat network developers and owners can find out more about two new funding opportunities to improve energy efficiency and transition to low and zero carbon technologies at a free webinar, hosted by Switch2 Energy on 16 September (10am to 11am). | 27th August 2021
- Switch2 to demonstrate next generation residential heat network solutions at Housing 2021
- District and community heating specialist Switch2 Energy will show residential heat network providers how next generation technologies can help them get ahead on net zero and regulatory compliance at Housing 2021 | 19th August 2021
- Leeds City Council partners with Switch2 to comply with Heat Network Regulations
- Leeds City Council is partnering with Switch2 Energy to achieve compliance with the updated Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations. | 16th August 2021
- Retrofitting heat networks for affordable carbon reduction
- Retrofitting heat networks for decarbonisation – at a price customers can afford | 16th April 2021
- Switch2 launches new compliance service for updated heat network regulations
- Switch2 Energy has launched its new S2 Meter2Bill service to help district heating suppliers comply with major updates to the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations. | 8th March 2021