Ireland’s Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has published its proposed decision on the high level design for the national smart metering program.

The core design is based on the previously proposed ‘steady state’ model, in which minimal functionality is performed on the smart meter and back office systems perform the majority of data processing and hold ‘master’ versions of key data sets.

In this model real time consumption data is provided over the utility home area network (UHAN) to the home, where technically feasible, to a mandated in-home display. Customers will also receive smart bills and be able to access their consumption via other (non-AMI) channels, such as online, via apps or mobile phone, etc.

Time-of-use pricing is a key component and customers will also have the choice of pay as you go, with seamless switching with credit payment.

The decision paper also reviews data protection and security issues, stating the CER proposes to develop a coherent data access and privacy framework to underpin the arrangements for access to data, with rules for suppliers, networks and third parties. Further, CER will work with the network companies and other industry stakeholders to ensure security is fully integrated into the smart metering solution.

The proposed decision, which covers both electricity and gas smart metering, is based on input from a consultation. A further consultation is now open (to January 24, 2014), after which a final decision will be published by the end of February.

Access the proposed decision HERE