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Metering changes for PV units commence 1 August
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has recently changed the way in which metering services are classified, and you can find further information on this decision on their website.
The change means the electricity industry is transitioning to a more transparent way of billing metering costs that will support future competition and customer choice. Ergon Energy customers have always paid metering service charges, however they were previously spread across all customers and wrapped up into network costs.
The AER has determined that Primary Network Tariffs, controlled loads and solar connections should attract metering charges from 1 July 2015. Each charge is different and made up of the cost of the meter and the ongoing cost of operating, maintaining and reading the meter.
In addition, from Saturday 1 August 2015 Queensland electricity distributors Ergon Energy Corporation Ltd and Energex Limited will implement Upfront Meter Charges for all customer initiated meter changes requested when the Form A is lodged. The fees apply to any new or replacement meter requested for a customer, including solar PV and other micro embedded generating (micro EG) units.
These fees will be charged by the distributors to the electricity retailer for the premises. Retailers will charge customers for these fees via their bills. Ergon Energy Retail is taking a phased approach.
For more information on the fee structure, please visit the Energy Retail website.
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