Market Review: Open
On 3 December 2020 the AEMC published a consultation paper for the Review of the regulatory frameworks for metering services.
The review seeks to examine whether the reforms introduced under the 2015 Expanding competition in metering services (Competition in metering) rule change have met expectations, whether changes to the current framework are required to improve efficiency and effectiveness and whether the framework support the implementation of other electricity sector reform where metering services will play a key role.
The consultation paper seeks stakeholder input on:
- expectations from the smart meter rollout and services
- whether the incentives in relation to smart meter are in the right place
- the drivers of smart meter rollouts
- the consumer experience
- industry cooperation and market structure
- collection and use of metering data and
- future metering services
The AEMC will consult widely with a range of stakeholders through a public consultation process. This will include public stakeholder forums and the development of a reference group. The Commission will also engage independent expert consultants throughout the review as required.
Submissions to the consultation paper are due 11 February 2021.
The Competition in metering rule made extensive amendments to the metering-related provisions of the NER and NERR, including transferring the metering related roles and responsibilities from the distribution network service provider (DNSP) to the newly created role of the metering coordinator (MC). This rule commenced in December 2017.
In making the Competition in metering rule, the Commission considered that metering services can be more effectively provided by entities that are operating competitively with each other.
The rule ended the effective monopoly of DNSPs over the provision of metering services for small customers by allowing any party that meets certain registration requirements to provide those metering services. Any new or replacement meters must be an advanced or smart (type 4) meter, with the retailer responsible for arranging the metering services for its small customers by engaging an MC. DNSPs continue to be responsible for maintaining existing accumulation (type 6) and interval (type 5) meters.
In the Competition in metering final determination, the Commission recommended that the ability of small customers to appoint their own MC, and whether some form of access regulation to metering services and meter data is required be reviewed three years after the commencement of the new rules.