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Ofgem invites National Grid Metering to be UK’s national meter manager

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Ofgem has invited National Grid Metering to be Britain’s national meter manager, and they have accepted the role.

In a new consultation, National Grid Metering have said it believes that in the transition to smart metering it has a vital role to play in the management of traditional gas metering services and wants to guide homes and businesses through the transition to smart meters.

National Grid Metering is a subsidiary of National Grid and National Grid Gas (NGG), providing metering services to around 15 million of NGG’s traditional gas meters within Britains’ regulated gas market.

National Grid was invited to accept the role of national metering manager by the regulator Ofgem, in its decision document on transmission and gas distribution price controls published July 25. National Grid was also asked, prior to the introduction of the new obligations and arrangements, to undertake a pricing consultation to review the associated regulated metering tariffs, in place since 2002.

In the consultation document National Grid Metering states that the national meter manager role centers on a national obligation for domestic meter services to be provided on request (meter provider of last resort or MPOLR). However, the company needs to understand what taking on this commitment might look like and how many meter installation requests it might generate before the obligation falls away. It is also necessary to consider the types of meters being requested – prepayment meters are generally more expensive to install and maintain than credit meters so the ratio in the overall meter population will be important.

In addition to the specific role and obligations of the national meter manager, other proposed issues for the pricing consultation include:

  • Traditional meter displacement rates to achieve the smart rollout timetable
  • Regulatory asset value (RAV) allocation methodologies for domestic and I&C businesses
  • Meter provision and metering services prices
  • The period to which the pricing determination should apply
  • Provision of supporting services.

The consultation for pricing is to run from mid-September until the end of October, then the final proposals would then be delivered to Ofgem by mid- December for the end of the year, when the final plans will be made.

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