Vattenfall are working with Bristol City Leap to provide a reliable, all-inclusive service for heat network customers at a fair price. Our approach ensures fair value for customers and shields them from short-term wholesale price fluctuations.
Each year, we will review our heat charges and publish our tariff.
Our heat tariff consists of two parts:
- Heat Charge Rate: This is a charge per kilowatt hour (kWh) of heat consumed. Automated meter readings ensure accurate billing based on actual usage. The heat charge covers the cost of fuel (electricity, biomass, and gas) required to generate heat for the network.
- Service Charge Rate: This is a fixed per-day cost calculated based on the connection capacity. It covers operations, maintenance, asset replacement, staffing, regulatory compliance, and utility costs within the primary network.
For the 23/24 financial year, the annual tariffs for new bulk supply connections to the Bristol city centre networks are:
- Heat Charge Rate: [12.4] p/kWh
- Service Charge Rate: £/kW
Why is a heat network connection right for me and my building?
In traditional systems like gas boilers or low-carbon options such as air source heat pumps (ASHP), heat is generated on-site. With heat networks, heat is centrally generated and distributed through insulated pipes, like a city-wide central heating system.
By centralizing heat generation, we reduce the need for individual connections and can rely on renewable electricity sources. Energy centres use efficient heat pumps to collect heat energy from water or air, supplying hot water through the network. Once used, the water returns for re-use.
Central generation makes the system efficient, accommodating diverse building usage and reducing overall capacity requirements. This lowers costs compared to individual heating systems. Connecting to the network involves a heat exchanger or interface unit, simpler and more compact than alternatives like ASHP.
We handle installation and maintenance of the equipment, removing the need for boiler servicing or ASHP efficiency tests. You can rely on us to ensure a consistent supply of heat, providing peace of mind.
For large buildings, ASHP can require costly upgrades and ongoing capacity charges. Our transparent tariffs charge for connection and actual heat usage, simplifying cost calculations.
Homeowners and businesses no longer pay for gas when boilers are replaced. Instead, they pay only for electricity to their energy supplier and directly to us for heat.
By simplifying the process and reducing individual connections, we make district heating more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.