Between now and 2021, ESB
Networks will be building IT systems and a new operations centre, all necessary
to support the launch of new smart services from electricity supply
companies. As explained below, we will
be building more functionality as the project progresses.
Commencing remote operation and management of meters (July - December 2020)
We have begun connecting smart meters to our secure 2G network operated by
Three Ireland Ltd. At this point your
smart meter will send ESB Networks details of the energy consumed and exported since
the meter was installed as well as other data about the functioning of meter
itself, no other data will be collected from the smart meter. Data will be collected for the following purposes:
- Establish and prove ESB Network’s new Smart Meter Operations Centre
- Meter security and cyber security functions
- Meter diagnostic functions including monitoring for meter tampering
- Proving the robustness of the communications network to improve its performance as necessary
- Establish and monitor the regularity of communications for each meter point to determine the types of smart services that can be delivered to customers.
readings taken at this stage will not be used for billing and will not be
shared with your electricity supply company or any third party. A meter reader will continue to call to your
home to read the meter as is the case today.
From 2021 – Remote meter
From 2021, ESB Networks will commence remote reading of meters
which will significantly reduce the need to use estimates for billing purposes.
The meter readings collected will be shared with your supply company to allow
them to prepare an accurate bill as they do today. There may still be occasions when remote
meter readings are not able to be captured which could result in an estimated
Also in 2021, supply companies will start to offer new energy services and
tariffs. If you agree a new tariff with
your supply company then your smart meter will send the necessary usage data. You can change your preference by getting in
contact with your supply company directly when smart services become available.
Remote meter readings will also be used to improve the final reading and billing
process for those customers who change suppliers or move premises.