Ordinance on Securing the Energy Supply through Rapid Impact Measures – what’s behind this complicated name?

The name may look cumbersome at first glance, but the measures make good sense on closer inspection and represent a further step in combating climate change and our dependency on gas from abroad. Who is affected by the new provision, and what does it specify? What do you have to bear in mind when implementing these specifications in your SAP® system? We explain this long and complicated name.

Who is affected by the ordinance?

On the one hand, the new ordinance affects energy providers, i.e. suppliers of gas and heat. By 30 September 2022, these suppliers must inform property owners (or users, in the case of direct contracts) about three points:

  1. A building’s (or apartment’s) energy consumption and energy costs in the last settlement period                                          
  2. The expected energy costs for the building for a comparable settlement period, calculated using the prices for basic provision on 1 September 2022 and the consumption of the last period
  3. The calculated saving of the building (in kilowatt hours and euros) if the average room temperature is reduced by one degree Celsius (saving of 6%).

So far, so good – it means that owners have more information about their energy consumption and savings measures. However, owners must also meet obligations specified in the new ordinance. If you own properties containing more than ten apartments, you must:

  1. forward the aforementioned information to your tenants by 31 October 2022.
  2. follow the provider’s information for the energy consumption of the respective apartment.
  3. refer your tenants to contact information and Internet sites of consumer organisations providing measures for how to save energy. It is sufficient here to refer to the Ministry’s information campaign.

Finally, the new ordinance naturally also affects tenants and energy consumers, as they receive further important information on how to reduce their energy consumption and reduce their energy costs. However, they do not have to meet any obligations as a result of this ordinance.

What is the aim of the ordinance?

You probably have a good idea of what triggered the new ordinance and the Federal Government’s justification for it: Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is significantly restricting gas imports from Russia, and an improvement to the situation is unfortunately not in sight. The ordinance therefore aims to save energy and reduce energy costs. Germany’s dependence on gas supplies from other countries is also to be reduced. These aims are to be achieved in collaboration with all stakeholders, i.e. policy-makers, businesses and consumers.

How can your system help you meet the obligations?

At PROMOS, we are already working on a solution to considerably simplify the implementation of the new ordinance for owners and tenants. Information about forthcoming price increases from suppliers of gas and heat is sent by the provider in letter form, i.e. by post or email/PDF. This naturally does not contain a reference to billing or master data structures in the ERP systems run by owners of residential buildings However, in the case of residential buildings housing more than ten residential units, the specific consumption of the residential unit must be calculated and passed on to the tenant. The solution will therefore link the settlement results of the residential unit with the notification about the increase. The effort for owners and tenants will therefore be reduced thanks to automated processes.

The new solution will be available at the end of September. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible. We may be able to adapt the solution to your company’s requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!

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