4. Wider regulations on the District Heating Sector
4.1. As well as consulting on LHEES, we are currently considering the potential for regulation of district and communal heating. We consulted on establishing a regulatory framework that would provide confidence for investors and would ensure protection for district heating consumers, and proposed that the public sector could take a leading role in the development of district heating where an LHEES identified it was appropriate to do so. Further development of district heating could play an important role in helping local authorities meet their objectives set out in their LHEES. We will set out our final proposals on the regulation of district and communal heating as part of our response to the consultation accompanying the Routemap.