HEAT NETWORK MARKET FRAMEWORK CONSULTATION RESPONSE
BEIS' Heat Network Market Framework consultation proposes ways in which the heat network market could be regulated to protect domestic customers, which we support. In our response we highlight the importance of proportionate regulation and the need for not-for-profit heat network operators to be regulated in a different ways to commercial entities. You can also download a precis of the consultation we wrote for our social housing members.
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19: MARCH 2020
The Government has asked the ADE to coordinate with industry to communicate our priorities and concerns regarding COVID-19. As a critical utility, the heat networks sector has a duty to protect consumers and continue to supply heating and hot water to consumers throughout the period of the pandemic. In the spirit of all pulling together in these difficult times, The Heat Network members responded to the ADE's call for information and insights.
HEAT TRUST CUSTOMER VULNERABILITY CONSULTATION RESPONSE: MARCH 2020
After four years of operation Heat Trust is reviewing the Scheme Rules to keep them in line with ongoing developments in comparable markets. This first consultation is seeking feedback on areas of the Scheme Rules that Heat Trust should consider updating in relation to customer vulnerability. Although not members of the Heat Trust, we submitted a response both to represent and protect our customers living on Heat Trust schemes, and to help shape the future of heat network customer protection.
FUTURE HOMES STANDARD CONSULTATION RESPONSE: FEBRUARY 2020
The Future Homes Standard Consultation set out government's plans to require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency from 2025, as well as introducing tougher pathway changes to Part L in 2020. We don't think the plans go far enough and in fact will be a retrograde step in some places in the country. We also strongly advocate a Fabric First approach and call on government to use this as an opportunity to also fix the existing heat network stock.
HEAT NETWORK (METERING AND BILLING) REGULATIONS CONSULTATION RESPONSE: JANUARY 2020
This consultation from BEIS looked at the impact of the re-introduction of the cost-effectiveness tool in order for us assess where individual meters should be retrofitted and thus comply with the Regulations. This is core to the work of our members: our consultation response was our fullest yet.
OPEN LETTER TO BEIS ON THE HEAT NETWORK MARKET FRAMEWORK, MARCH '21
The Heat Network has been attending BEIS' Stakeholder Board for the Heat Network Framework since last summer, to represent the social housing sector. We have written this open letter to BEIS to amplify our voice. Our #1 message is that the cost of regulation must be kept low. As not-for-profit heat network operators, we will have to pass the entire cost of regulation on to our residents: there is no buffer for us to absorb any of the costs. We also need more clarity on the roadmap to regulation for the social housing sector, with all the complications that may entail. The letter goes in to these and other points in more detail. We have also invited BEIS to meet with us to discuss our concerns further.