Do you currently or do you hope to support RHI applicants by supplying Independent Reports on Metering Arrangements (IRMAs)? Well watch out! Ofgem currently have a “Call for Evidence” out to consider whether or not IRMAs are worthwhile. Do they add value to the application by helping to clarify the installation and verifying the installation? Does the IRMA author act as an Inspector or Auditor acting on behalf of Ofgem? Or is it just a time wasting and cynical exercise that gives false reassurance to Ofgem and additional and unnecessary cost to the participant?
Who knows who will respond but whoever does will be the voice that gets heard. Make sure that it is yours!
Make your IRMA experience count
The contract for the IRMA is between the consultant and the participant, so Ofgem knows very little about that part of the process, hence all the questions. Ofgem want to know about the costs and impacts of IRMAs and the benefits, if any. For example;
I won’t tell you what to say, but in my experience IRMAs are a useful tool that condenses the application information requirements succinctly and are a route to upskilling and training the growing renewables workforce, designers and installers. Qualified and suitably trained consultants responsibly act as Ofgem’s eyes on site and tend to provide a snagging list of corrections to the installation or the documentation to facilitate the application. Ofgem will not know of all this activity as they only get the final product. This is your opportunity to tell them.
To find out exactly what Ofgem are looking for, go to https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/changes-non-domestic-rhi-regulations-february-2015.
Please email your responses on this to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 13 February 2015 and make your IRMA opinions count.
If you would like to know more about TEAM’s Independent Reports on Heat Metering Arrangements for RHI visit our Energy Services section of our website.
Justine Grant is the Energy Services Renewable Heat Incentive expert and course leader. Justine’s expertise lies in IRMA for RHI applications, non-domestic Display Energy Certificates and Advisory Reports, she is a technical author and trainer and is qualified as a CIBSE certified ESOS Lead Assessor. You can read her biography on the TEAM website.
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