Subject to parliamentary approval, new regulations will be coming into effect in spring 2018. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our webpage changes to the scheme.
There’s an optional Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP) participants in the Domestic RHI Scheme can apply for.
The Government is introducing changes to the Domestic RHI Regulations. Changes are being introduced in two stages. The first stage of changes to the Domestic Scheme came into effect on 20 September 2017.
The second stage of regulations were laid on 7 February 2018. These new regulations will come into effect subject to parliamentary approval. The parliamentary process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks; not including any recess time.
For more information about changes to the scheme and what they mean to you, please see our changes to the scheme webpage and our Factsheet: Important changes to the Domestic RHI Scheme.
What is optional monitoring?
An MMSP works like a service contract and is a useful way of checking how well the heating system is performing, as well as helping to hold installers to account. Applicants who are successful registering an agreement for MMSP receive some financial support for installing the package and sticking to the agreement. We have worked with the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) to provide a model agreement, which can be found on the RECC website. Applicants must then submit the agreement to us as part of your MMSP registration application.
Optional monitoring is different to installing meters to receive Domestic RHI tariff payments, which some people are required to do.
It’s one of the metering options applicants can choose if their domestic plant needs metering for performance or metering for payment.
Who's it for?
It's only for those with heat pumps or with biomass boilers that are designed and installed to only burn wood pellets (not biomass pellet stoves or any other biomass boilers).
When the second stage of regulatory changes come into effect, subject to parliamentary approval, applicants who have heat pumps and are required to be metered for performance can apply for MMSP to fulfil the metering for performance criteria.
Applicants can register for MMSP regardless of whether their heating system needs to be metered for payments or metered for performance. It doesn't affect their application or payment criteria.
MMSP is useful for people interested in analysing their heating data to see how their system is performing. They may be able to log on to a website and view the data captured. It’ll help them check their system is working as efficiently as it should.
You’ll also be able to see the data so you can help identify problems, or let your customer know if their system is underperforming.
How much extra would the applicant get?
If the applicant applied for the MMSP at the same time as their Domestic RHI application, they will receive the maximum of seven years of MMSP payments. If they applied for the MMSP afterwards, they’d only get payments for the remainder of the seven years or until the MMSP agreement ended or was terminated, or if we withdraw their registration.
If the applicant applied for the MMSP after their initial Domestic RHI application, they’ll still get the lump sum payment, but only the remainder of annual MMSP payments of the seven years or until the MMSP agreement ended or was terminated, or if we withdraw their registration.
If for some reason an applicant needs to move from deemed to metered payments then MMSP is one of the ways to meet this requirement.
If they were successfully accredited or applied for MMSP before the new regulations come into effect (subject to parliamentary approval):
- £230 per year (£57.50 every three months) for heat pumps
- £200 per year (£50 every three months) for biomass pellet boilers
If they were successfully accredited or applied for MMSP on or after the new regulations come into effect (subject to parliamentary approval):
- a single lump sum payment of £805 and MMSP payments of £115 per year (£28.75 every three months) for heat pumps
- a single lump sum payment of £700 and MMSP payments of £100 per year (£25.00 every three months) for biomass pellet boilers
For payment calculation examples, please see our key term Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP)
How to find out more
To find out what your customer will require of you, have a look at our Essential Guide to Optional Monitoring.