EU Energy Efficiency Directive – How to give your tenants straightforward insight into their energy consumption

A new law is about to go into effect! We’re talking about the legally effective transfer of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) into national law. Which requirements does this place on you and your housing company? We explain a few things and provide insight into how you can automate compliance with these obligations in the future thanks to the new functions in the PROMOS Utilities Cockpit.

Extent of the law – What does the EU Energy Efficiency Directive stipulate and starting when?

A goal of the directive is to fully digitise consumption cost meter readings in a gradual process and grant end consumers the opportunity to monitor their energy consumption at all times.

The law requires that tenants be provided with consumption information in two levels multiple times a year either electronically or by post, according to their preference. In the first step, from the law’s initial effect until 31 December 2021, this must occur quarterly via electronic transmission or at the tenant’s request; transmission via other methods must occur at least twice a year. In the second step, starting on 1 January 2022, the information must be provided online at least monthly regardless of the form.

The prerequisite for this consumption information is the installation of remotely readable meters and heat cost allocators, which will be generally required once the law comes into effect. The requirements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive were to be transferred into national law by 25 October 2020. This has not occurred yet here in Germany, but we can assume it will happen by the end of 2020.

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