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The Heat Network Regulations update: September 2017

Posted 15.09.17
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At Switch2's latest seminar, Simon Trevenna from the Department of Business Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS) discussed the latest updates to the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations since the General Election held in May 2017.

Established in 2014, The Heat Network Regulations was introduced as part of the transposition of the European Union's Energy Efficiency Directive; a cornerstone in the EU Europe 2020 plan for member states to lower their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Regulations relate to the distribution of thermal energy from a central source to more than one end user, building or location for the purposes of heating, cooling or hot water supply; on district and community heating.

This article looks at the key information and changes to deadlines that need to be followed, in order to stay compliant.

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Foreign investment to help tenants save up to £192 million a year in energy bills

Posted 04.09.17
Solarplicity: Article link

An investment of £160 million from Dutch investors Maas Capital, secured with support from the Department for International Trade, will help fund solar panels from UK firm Solarplicity to produce electricity for affordable housing across England and Wales.

The scheme will see Solarplicity partner with social housing providers to install panels on their housing stock. The panels will be free to social housing tenants, reducing their energy bills by an average of £240 a year.

The funding will see 100,000 households receive panels in the next 18 months. The full £1 billion programme will increase the homes benefiting to 800,000 over the next five years.

The programme will create over 1,000 new jobs to install and maintain the panels. Many of these will go to veterans from the armed forces, as Solarplicity helps re-train them into new maintenance careers.

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