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Smart Meter Upgrade

Introducing Ireland to
Smart Metering

ESB Networks will be upgrading Ireland’s electricity meters with next generation smart meters. This upgrade is scheduled to commence in Autumn 2019 and ESB Networks will provide notice to Energia customers prior to coming to your area.

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Key Information

The rollout will be phased over the next few years with ESB Networks planning to deliver 250,000 new meters by the end of 2020.

The goal is that from 2021, smart meters will give customers access to more accurate and regular information on their electricity usage. Estimated meter readings will no longer be used, meaning bills will not be estimated.

Positively, smart meters will support the move to a carbon free electricity network - enabling smart grids, e-vehicles, local renewable generation and microgeneration.

Background

In September 2017 the CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities) announced the details of the delivery plan for the introduction of smart meters to Irish homes and businesses. The CRU has tasked ESB Networks with the roll-out of the National Smart Metering Programme (NSMP), which requires the replacement of all existing electricity meters with Smart Enabled Meters. The roll out programme will be delivered in a phased approach, commencing with an initial delivery of 250,000 meters in 2019 - 2020, and approximately 500,000 meters in each of the following 4 years.

Benefits

Not only will smart meters benefit our customers, they will also be beneficial to the economy and the environment. Currently, all energy suppliers’ customers’ electricity meters are manually read by ESB Networks up to four times per year. Smart Meters will be able to record your consumption more frequently and automatically send your meter readings to ESB Networks.


  • As the meters are read automatically estimated bills will be no more.
  • You will have access to more information allowing you to manage your electricity consumption and make more informed choices.
  • ESB Networks anticipate that by 2021 new products and services will allow you to shift some of your consumption to off peak times of day when electricity is cheaper.
  • Also in the pipeline, plans will see functionality within the meter will allow ESB Networks to find faults faster, making your meter safer and more efficient to manage.
  • Smart meters will support Ireland’s migration towards a carbon free electricity network and will enable the implementation of further technology advancements such as smart grids, e-cars, local renewable generation and microgeneration.

FAQs

Smart meters are a part of our future. They are the next generation of electricity meters. Using digital technology, the meters will give you, our customers, more precise information on energy usage throughout the day. Smart meters are being rolled out across Europe and internationally and by 2020 it is expected that over 700 million will be installed globally.


Meters are being replaced to future proof Irish homes and provide multiple benefits.
 

For the consumer

Smart meters will replace older mechanical meters. When fully functioning, smart meters will bring benefits to the consumer, the environment and the economy. With smart meters, there will be no need for estimated bills. You will be able to access the information you need to make more informed choices about your consumption and tariffs. Accurate information about energy usage across the day will allow you to manage your bills with greater accuracy. In summary, smart meters will improve consumer experience, customer choice and the range of products and services available to our customers.
 

For the environment

 

The environment will benefit because smart metering will encourage energy efficiency, enabling an increase in renewable power on the electricity system. The upgrade programme will help to reduce CO2 emissions thus lowering Ireland’s costly dependency on fossil fuel imports.

 

For the economy

 
The economy will benefit because using smart meters will help us to more efficiently manage energy flow during periods of high demand.

The meter replacement will be carried out by ESB Networks or a company working on behalf of ESB Networks.

Starting in the autumn of 2019, ESB Network’s plan is to replace 250,000 meters between autumn 2019 and the end of 2020 and a further 500,000 meters every year from 2021 to 2024.

The replacement programme will start in autumn 2019 and continue until the end of 2024. ESB Networks will carry out this work on an area by area basis. Customers will be notified in advance by ESB Networks when they are in their area and commencing meter installation. ESB Networks have ensured that they will give everyone plenty of notice.

While the initial focus will be on the oldest meters, customers will also have the option to apply directly through Energia or ESB Networks for a prioritised installation of a smart meter.

Yes you can. We will be providing more information on an Early Adopters Registration process closer to September 2019.

When smart meters are fully operational, you will have a choice to be provided with more accurate information about energy usage across the day to allow you to better manage your bills with greater accuracy than at present. This information can also help you to make more informed choices about your consumption and tariff.
 
Currently, your electricity meter is manually read by ESB Networks up to four times per year. Smart Meters are able to remotely send your meter readings to ESB Networks. So with smart meters, there will be no need for estimated bills.

Would you like to find out more about smart meters?

ESB Networks have a comprehensive set of FAQs and information over on their website which we recommend you to read.