RECOVERING THE COST OF HEAT NETWORKS REGULATION CONSULTATION RESPONSE, FEB '22
As part of their ongoing work to develop the Heat Network Market Framework, BEIS issued a short consultation on recovering the cost of heat networks regulation in December 2021. The consultation confirms that all gas, electricity and heat network customers will equally share the cost of heat network regulation, which The Heat Network is very supportive of. Limiting the cost recovery of regulation to just heat network customers would have made it comparatively very expensive: we're keen to keep heat costs for social housing customers as low and fair as possible. You can download our response to the consultation here.
HEAT NETWORK ZONING CONSULTATION RESPONSE, NOVEMBER '21
BEIS are proposing establishing heat network zones in England, areas where heat networks are the most appropriate solution for decarbonising heating and will be prioritised through a national and regional framework. As part of the drive towards our net zero 2050 targets, the Heat Network broadly supports the proposals as realistic, proportionate and flexible. Communal heating will become a strategic load for these heat networks but they are not without risk. It's therefore important that that the social housing sector has a voice as the proposals are developed. You can download our response to the consultation here.
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.
HEAT NETWORK MARKET FRAMEWORK CONSULTATION RESPONSE
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19: MARCH 2020
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.
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.