Expanding Competition in Metering and Related Services Rule Change Request (October 2013)

Publication date: Friday, 25th October 2013.

In response to reviews conducted by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources initiated projects that would affect the framework for metering services in the National Electricity Market. These included a rule change request process that would allow for expansion of metering and related services to all customers, consistent with a business-led, option approach to adoption of more advanced metering in states where a widespread rollout is not underway.

Officials submitted a rule change request to the AEMC in October 2013. Key elements of the proposal included that:

  • no party will have the exclusive right to provide a particular type of meter, unless a jurisdiction prescribes otherwise;
  • responsibility for coordinating metering services should be separated from the roles of the Financially Responsible Market Participant of the Local Network Service Provider, by creating a new Metering Coordinator role; and
  • customers may engage a metering Coordinator directly.

The rule change request also seeks to codify a smart meter minimum functionality specification through the National Electricity Rules.

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