Metering charges

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has changed the way you are charged for your electricity metering. This change means the electricity industry is moving to a more transparent way of billing metering costs that will support future competition and customer choice.

You have always paid metering charges, however they were previously spread across all customers and wrapped up into electricity network costs.

What's changed?

Metering costs will no longer be included in the network charges that form part of your electricity tariff charges.

You may 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 those meters.

Also, due to the changes that came into effect on 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.

How are metering charges calculated?

Metering charges are classified as Alternative Control Services (ACS), and are calculated in accordance with the price cap formula approved under the AER’s Distribution Determination.  For further information, see Ergon Energy’s Approved Pricing Proposal.

The prices for each financial year are included in our Price List for Alternative Control Services.

Upfront metering charges

Upfront metering charges apply for the installation of new and replacement meters. Metering costs depend on the type of metering you need. Your electrical contractor can advise you on the right metering for your home or business.

The most commonly used meters for homes in Queensland are Type 6 meters. Some Type 6 meters are current transformer (CT) meters. CT meters are for customers with high energy demand – that is where energy use is greater than 90 amps per phase. Upfront metering charges are higher for CT metering.

For all meter types, your electricity retailer can advise you on final costs.

Please note: The table below provides estimates only. The amounts charged to you by your electricity retailer may differ, and may be outside this range.

ChargeHow you are billed$ (GST inclusive) as current for 2016-17 financial year
Installation of new Type 6 meteringThese charges will be included the next bill you receive from your electricity retailer.$357.83* to $561.33 * (refer to services 140-145 in the ACS Price List)
Replacement of existing metering installations with Type 6 meteringThese charges will be included the next bill you receive from your electricity retailer.$371.91* to $572.55* (refer to services 19-24 in the ACS Price List)
Installation of new Type 6 CT MeteringThese charges will be included the next bill you receive from your electricity retailer.$2706.44*- $2720.52* (refer to services 146, 147, 150, 153, 156 in the ACS Price List)
Replacement of metering installations with new Type 6 CT meteringThese charges will be included the next bill you receive from your electricity retailer.$2,720.52* (refer to services 25-26 in the ACS Price List)
* These charges are per metering installation that is required, and do not include relevant call out fees.

For more information on meter types and associated costs, please see our Price List for Alternative Control Services.

Ongoing daily charges for metering services

The metering service charge is a daily fixed charge for the provision of Type 5 and Type 6 meters and covers services such as meter reading, maintenance and meter data services. For other meter types, see our Price List for Alternative Control Services.

These charges may be included in the bills you receive from your electricity retailer.

Please note: The table below provides estimates only. The amounts charged to you by your electricity retailer may differ, and may be outside this range.

Charge How you are billed $ (GST inclusive) as current for 2016-17 financial year
Ongoing daily charges for metering services     These charges may be included in the bills you receive from your electricity retailer.        

These Alternative Control Services charges will vary between $0.00767* and $0.12657* per day per metering installation, Refer to services 100-105 in the ACS Price List.

* These charges are per metering installation that is required depend upon the specific type of metering installation and do not include relevant call out fees.

For large customers

For larger customers, where metering is a contestable service, we recommend you contact your electricity retailer for confirmation of actual costs and who might be carrying out these works.

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