AMR (Automated Meter Reading or Advanced Metering)
Allows remote reading of both electricity and gas meters. In the case of electricity the meter itself is commonly used to transmit the readings. For gas, this is usually achieved by attaching to the meter a device known as a data logger.
Licensed gas and electricity suppliers are obliged to ensure that certain categories of supply have the capability of being read by Advanced Metering. From April 2009 all new electricity Non-Half-Hourly supplies having profile class 5-8 and all new gas supplies having an annual consumption over 732,000 kWh must have advanced capability. By April 2014 this extends to all existing supplies in these categories. For electricity the time intervals must be at least half-hourly and for gas hourly.
RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme aims to provide long term support for renewable heat technologies. The first phase of the RHI scheme opened for applications on 28th November 2011, with organisations applying directly to Ofgem for long-term tariff support. Funded by Government spending, this first phase of the scheme is targeted at the highest emitters in the non-domestic sector.
Phase two will be introduced in 2012 and will expand to cover more technologies, as well as providing support for domestic households.
For more information please visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change website
For applications please see Ofgem's website
FiT (Feed-In Tariff)
On 1 April 2010, again as part its UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, the Government introduced a scheme to augment the existing Renewable Obligation (RO) by incentivising small-scale renewable generation. The RO will continue to be the vehicle for delivering larger scale renewable electricity.
Aimed at smaller users, and in particular domestic users, this will deliver guaranteed payments both for electricity generated and for any exported to the grid. It achieves this by providing set generation and export tariffs for a range of technologies including solar photovoltaic, wind, hydro and anaerobic digestion.
The scheme extends to 5MW of generation capacity and so may also be of interest to commercial customers with medium-size installations.
Download our FiT product sheet (PDF) to find out more.
CCL (Climate Change Levy)
The Climate Change Levy (CCL) was introduced in 2001 to encourage private and public sectors to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The CCL applies to any business using more than 33 kWh of power or 145 kWh of gas a day. Larger industrial organisations can, as members of a trade body, apply to be part of Climate Change Agreements which give relief from the levy in exchange for implementing energy efficiency measures.