In 2017, Gas Industry Co undertook a review into gas metering, conducting consultation on the following two papers it commissioned as part of the review (2017 Gas Metering Review):
- review of metering service provider arrangements; and
- review of advanced metering technology.
Submissions on those papers highlighted three consistent themes: first, that advanced gasmetering infrastructure (AGMI) was, at the time, in the early stages of development, with no settled view on the right technical solution for the market (the technology trial phase); second, that the market should be allowed to develop without regulatory intervention to ensure that innovation was not hampered; and third, determining some minimum standards would be a pragmatic step to ensure a common understanding of what market participants want from advanced metering.
In response to the third theme, Gas Industry Co set up a technical advisory group (the Technical Advanced Metering Advisory Committee or TArMAC) to provide advice on specific AGMI issues, in preparation for the deployment of AGMI.
Advanced gas metering has now moved to the deployment phase, with advanced gas meters being deployed to Genesis Energy’s residential natural gas consumers.
Given this deployment, and the gas metering-related objectives and outcomes which Gas Industry Co is expected to pursue under the Government Policy Statement on Gas Governance (April 2008), Gas Industry Co considers it appropriate to conduct a review of how advanced metering is being deployed to the gas market and to assess whether any new gas market rules, regulations or non-regulatory arrangements are needed to address identified issues.
Gas Industry Co has had informal discussions with gas market stakeholders to understand the current state of advanced gas metering in the gas market, and to develop a list of potential issues arising from the deployment of that technology.
Gas Industry Co has published its Advanced Gas Metering – Issues Assessment paper, which sets out a preliminary list of potential issues on the deployment of advanced metering technology into the gas market.
Submissions on the paper are now welcomed. The deadline for making a submission is 29 October 2021 at 5:00pm.