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No smart data access for consumers - Electricity Authority

posted Apr 17, 2012, 12:34 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated May 3, 2012, 8:27 PM ]
For the moment, New Zealand's Electricity Authority has decided against any requirement to provide smart meter data access to consumers. The Authority considers the Privacy Act provides adequate rights of access for consumers and commercial negotiations are the best path to gain data access for other purposes.

Outside major energy companies and service providers this decision is likely to restrict competition and lead to less innovation in the development of innovative energy management products and analytical services. Vendors wishing to provide these services must negotiate with retailers for access to end consumers. End consumers will be able to choose only vendors who have successfully negotiated with their current retailer.

"The [Electricity] Authority has recently completed a review of Part 10 of the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 (Code), called the Part 10 review. Part 10 establishes the regulatory arrangements for electricity metering, and has the primary purpose of ensuring accurate wholesale electricity reconciliation and consumer billing by obliging industry participants to use metering installations that accurately measure and record the electricity conveyed and consumed"

"The Authority considers that there is no need to grant rights through the Code for consumers to obtain access to metering data. The Privacy Act 1993 gives individuals rights to request access to, and to receive, personal information held by an agency, including electricity retailers and their services providers (eg MEPs). The Authority considers that the definition of personal information includes data and information available from a metering installation"

"The Part 10 review was initiated in August 2008 by the former Electricity Commission (EC) to identify metering arrangements that effectively accommodate evolving metering practices and technologies, including the increasing use of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)"

Editors note: A later story in PC World NZ deals with the same report: