Smart meter policy work

The ERA is committed to working closely with DECC on the Smart Meter Programme. As we represent a group responsible for much of the delivery, we are especially keen to make sure that the roll out goes smoothly for all parties including consumers.

The discussion paper below was produced by a group of test managers from member companies. It aims to propose a test plan that will minimise cost and time without compromising quality. It has bought about encouraging discussions with DECC.

Download the smart meter testing and trialling paper (PDF 400KB).

ERA privacy commitments for Smart Metering

Keeping the information generated from smart meters secure and respecting consumer privacy are key considerations for the smart meter installation programme. The ERA and its members have agreed a key set of privacy commitments, to inform consumers about the steps the ERA’s members will take to make sure consumers are aware how and why information generated from smart meters is used, and the choices consumers have in sharing this information with their energy supplier.

In its Smart Metering Implementation Programme – Response to Prospectus Consultation (March 2011), the Government concluded that a Privacy Charter should be developed to provide clear reassurance to consumers as part of the overall consumer engagement package. Whilst some key policy decisions are expected to made by the Government throughout 2012, the ERA’s members have set out their privacy commitments prior to the development and publication of a more formal Smart Metering Privacy Charter.

The ERA is keen to take on board feedback on these commitments to help ensure their suitability as industry moves towards the forthcoming smart meter roll-out. You can email any questions to Jason Stevens, or by phone on 07969 922331. Read the ERA Privacy Commitments for Smart Metering (PDF 300K).

Smart Meter consultations

In March 2011, the Department for Energy & Climate Change and Ofgem produced their Smart Metering Implementation Programme Prospectus Response. The response set out Government proposals for the delivery of smart meters. It covers design requirements, central communications, data management and the approach to roll-out.In August 2011, Ofgem published a consultation on Commercial Interoperability. The Government published further smart metering consultations on roll-out obligations, technical specifications, Code of Practice licence conditions and a data call for evidence. The Government also published a consultation on DCC licence conditions in September 2011.

Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP)

Following early industry leading work by the ERA, in consultation with other stakeholders, the DECC Prospectus Response of March 2011 concluded that energy suppliers are to develop and comply with a licence-backed Code of Practice governing the installation of Smart Metering. The aim of the Code is to ensure all consumers receive a high standard of service, understand what to expect from the installation visit, how to use their In Home Display and how their actions can improve their energy efficiency.

The ERA has previously consulted twice on a draft Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP) and has run two seminars to further develop the Code. From these we received  almost 1000 comments from a wide range of stakeholders representing consumer groups, meter manufacturers and installers, environmental groups, network operators, suppliers, lobbying bodies, trade unions, DECC and Ofgem.

Consultation on latest SMICoP

The SMICoP is published here in its latest draft at the same time as the DECC consultation on the licence conditions that will underpin the Code. View the latest version of the SMICoP document.

We are inviting comments from all stakeholders on this draft of the SMICoP as a public consultation in parallel with DECC’s consultation and to the same timescales. This will enable all stakeholders to review the licence conditions and the SMICoP together in order to assess the SMICoP as a means to discharge those licence conditions.

There are differences in the position set out in the licence conditions from DECC and the SMICoP on sales and marketing activity. SMICoP has been developed based on the position set out in the Prospectus Response in March 2011. The SMICoP defines clear controls for sales and marketing with a prior oral or written consent regime for sales, but not for marketing.

Invitation to Early Adoption of SMICoP to all domestic and microbusiness suppliers

We are inviting all domestic and microbusiness suppliers to join the early adoption of the SMICoP to provide early assurance to customers that their smart metering installation experience will be positive.

This is not intended to be an ERA Member only initiative. We hope that all domestic and microbusiness suppliers will take this opportunity to operate this draft SMICoP in advance of the licence condition and share experiences and learn from its early adoption. A SMICoP Interim Steering Group has been established and is now operational. View the Terms of Reference for the SMICoP Interim Steering Group (100KB).

We would encourage all Domestic and Micro Business suppliers to consider this early adoption and to contact Jason Brogden with any questions or interest:

07980 297094

Smart Demand Response drivers, benefits and requirements

We’ve produced a document to present a joint network and supplier view of the drivers and benefits of Smart Demand Response in Great Britain and requirements that will need to be fulfilled to achieve these benefits.  This work builds on and assesses previous outputs from the Energy Networks Association and ERA joint work and seeks to provide a foundation that can be built on to prioritise the requirements before looking at ways to deliver them.

Read Smart Demand Response drivers, benefits and requirements (PDF 500 KB).

Smart Demand Response joint working – structure for report of 2011 work

The Smart Demand Response joint working document gives the framework of the report from this work intended to be published early in 2012.

Read Smart Demand Response joint working – structure for report of 2011 work (PDF 700KB).


View smart meter documents in our resources library.

Smart metering project map

As part of the Supplier Requirements for Smart Metering project, a Google map showing international smart metering projects and schemes has been created and is regularly updated. The map has had over 2.5million hits and is open to all to add projects to it. View the smart meter projects map.