Advanced digital metering

Status
Past review

Advanced digital meters are progressively being rolled-out for electricity customers in Queensland. The QCA has provided advice to the Queensland Government on the costs and benefits of these new meters.

Report on benefits of advanced digital meters

The QCA has published its advice to the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy on the benefits of deploying advanced digital meters.

We estimate that by 2049, south east Queensland could potentially cumulatively benefit by $1,112.5m from deploying advanced digital meters. However, based on the latest information and policy, we estimate that the south east Queensland market is likely to actually realise $331.3m in cumulative benefits by 2049.

The advice and all associated documentation can be downloaded below.

On 24 April 2019, the QCA received a direction from the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP, to provide a report on the benefits associated with the deployment of advanced digital meters (also known as ‘smart’ meters) in the south east Queensland designated market area.

On 3 May 2019 QCA staff released a stakeholder notice seeking stakeholder views on the preparation of this advice.

The final advice will be published on the QCA website on 20 September 2019.

The Minister’s Direction, stakeholder notice, and submissions, can be downloaded below.

Stakeholders should note that the stakeholder notice was prepared by QCA staff and does not bind, nor does it represent, the views of the QCA.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
20 September 2019 Final report Ministerial Advice – benefits of advanced digital metering pdf, 1.70 Mb
20 September 2019 Consultant report ACIL Allen Report – advice on the benefits of advanced digital metering pdf, 1.49 Mb
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Title Document
03 May 2019 Notice Ministerial direction and stakeholder notice – report on benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 1.16 Mb
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Title Document
25 June 2019 Submission Energy Queensland – submission report on the benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 320.28 Kb
25 June 2019 Submission EnergyAustralia – submission report on the benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 126.05 Kb
25 June 2019 Submission MEA Powershop – submission report on the benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 100.59 Kb
25 June 2019 Submission Mondo – submission report on the benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 310.27 Kb
25 June 2019 Submission Vector – submission report on the benefits of advanced digital meters pdf, 288.81 Kb

Advanced digital metering costs 2019–20

On 20 December 2018, we received a direction from the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to provide advice on the costs to all regional residential and small business customers, if the additional costs associated with the deployment of advanced digital meters were spread across those customers, rather than be applied only to customers receiving the new meters.

The QCA’s final advice to the Minister is that spreading the costs of deployed advanced digital meters across all customers in 2019–20 would add 2.024 c/day, or $7.39 per year, to a tariff 11 or tariff 20 customer bill compared to paying type 6 meter charges regulated by the Australian Energy Regulator.

The final advice can be downloaded below.

On 20 December 2018, we received a direction from the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to provide advice on the costs to all regional residential and small business customers should the additional costs associated with the deployment of advanced digital meters be spread across those customers, rather than be applied only to customers receiving the new meters.

We were required to publish our initial advice by 28 February 2019, and our final advice by 31 May 2019.

The Minister’s direction and our initial advice can be downloaded below.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
31 May 2019 Final report Final advice on 2019-20 advanced digital metering costs pdf, 725.79 Kb
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Title Document
28 February 2019 Draft report Initial advice to the Minister on advanced digital metering costs 2019-20 pdf, 597.40 Kb
20 December 2018 Minister’s direction Ministerial direction – advanced digital metering costs 2019-20 pdf, 1.03 Mb

Advanced digital metering costs

On 26 April 2018 the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy issued a direction to us to provide advice on the costs to all regional residential and small business customers should the additional costs associated with the deployment of advanced digital meters be spread across those customers, rather than be applied only to customers receiving the new meters.

Our full advice to the Minister can be downloaded below.

On 26 April 2018 the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy issued a direction to us to provide advice on the costs to all regional residential and small business customers should the additional costs associated with the deployment of advanced digital meters be spread across those customers, rather than be applied only to customers receiving the new meters.

We were required to publish the advice on its website by 1 June 2018.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
01 June 2018 Final report Advice to the Minister on advanced digital meter costs pdf, 776.27 Kb
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Title Document
26 April 2018 Minister’s direction Ministerial direction pdf, 1.12 Mb