The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has recently changed the way in which customers will be charged for their electricity metering.
This change means the electricity industry is transitioning to a more transparent way of billing metering costs that will support future competition and customer choice. Customers have always paid metering charges, however they were previously spread across all customers and wrapped up into network costs.
From 1 July 2015 metering costs will no longer be included in the network charges that form part of your electricity tariff charges.
You will now see a new line item on your electricity bill from your electricity retailer called the 'Metering Services Charge". This charge includes an amount to recover the capital cost of your existing meters and an additional amount to cover the cost of maintaining, operating and reading meters.
Also, from 1 August 2015, customers who have a new meter installed will be charged an upfront fee to cover the cost of the new meter. If your new meter is replacing an old meter you will continue to pay the capital cost of your old meter.
Visit Ergon Energy Retail's metering services charge webpage for more information, or contact your electricity retailer.