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Ordinance on the settlement of heating costs

The Ordinance on Heating Cost Settlement (HeizkostenV) 2021 came into force on 1 December 2021.

With this amendment, the requirements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive were transposed into German law. The amendment focuses on the following new provisions.

 

Remote readability of measuring devices

From December 2021, newly installed metering equipment for recording consumption must be remotely readable. Walk-by and drive-by technologies are considered to be remotely readable. This requirement does not apply if only a single device of an overall system of non-remotely readable devices is replaced. By 2026, all non-remotely readable metering devices must then be retrofitted, except in certain exceptions.

Interoperability of consumption metering devices and connectivity to smart meter gateway

 

New or retrofitted metering devices must be interoperable with systems from other suppliers. This means that the different devices and systems must be compatible and an exchange of data and information must be possible. This interoperability must be present in all devices installed after the end of the transition period of one year after the ordinance comes into force. In addition, devices for consumption recording must fit into a smart meter gateway in accordance with the Metering Point Operation Act. For already installed remote-readable equipment, the transition period ends at the end of 2031.

 

New notification and information obligations

Building owners in whose property remotely readable meters are installed must regularly communicate billing or consumption information to tenants/users until the end of 2021. From 2022, a monthly communication obligation will be introduced. Furthermore, the building owner will be obliged to provide additional information such as fuel mix data.

 

Reduction right of the users in case of violations by the building owner

In case of non-compliance with the new regulation, users can reduce the costs falling on them by 3% if the building owner does not comply with his obligation to provide information and does not install remote-readable devices. In the case of multiple violations, the reduction rights add up.

 

If you have any further questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Contact at Arqum: Jakob Kriebel

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