Metrology and asset management

Metrology

Metrology is concerned with the accurate measurement of energy. In the context of managing gas and electricity meters it refers to the systems that ensure the meters conform to legal requirements.

Industry codes of practice govern the safety and technical issues associated with the installation and management of metering assets. The codes are the rules with which gas and electricity companies must comply. We participate in and lead a range of industry groups that oversee these arrangements.

The Energy Bill (2008) transferred certain legal gas and electricity metering responsibilities from us to the National Measurement Office (NMO).

As of 30 October 2006, all new designs of gas and active electrical energy meters must conform to the requirements of the Measuring Instrument Directive (MID) in order to be used across the EU (including the UK) for trade purposes (such as billing). The MID replaces the former requirements under the Electricity Act 1989 and the Gas Act 1986.

Asset management

Meters are owned, installed, operated and managed by a range of different organisations (including gas and electricity suppliers and meter asset managers and installers).

Gas meter installers must be registered with the Ofgem approved meters installers code of practice in order to carry out meter installations.

(Electricity meter installers sign up to a voluntary agreement that covers safety, technical and interface issues).

Publications and updates

  • Published: 28th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
See our decision to make licence modifications to transfer the role of approving meter asset managers to the Supply Point Administration Agreement.

  • Published: 30th Mar 2012
  • Closed: 1st Jun 2012
  • Consultations & responses
  • 2 Associated documents
This document seeks views from respondents on whether the changes to the metering inspection obligations, as proposed by British Gas, would be in the interests of consumers, and how consumer protection might be ensured if these changes take place.

  • Published: 29th Mar 2012
  • Closed: 26th Apr 2012
  • Consultations & responses
  • 9 Associated documents
This document sets out our decision to transfer the role of approving gas meter asset managers to the Supply Point Administration Agreement. It also seeks views on proposed changes to the gas supply and gas transporters licences to facilitate this.

  • Published: 17th Jan 2012
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 10 Associated documents
These are the minutes for the 26th MAMCoP Board meeting held on 04 October 2011 at Ofgem.

  • Published: 5th Oct 2011
  • Closed: 16th Nov 2011
  • Consultations & responses
  • 20 Associated documents
Ofgem is consulting on changes to the requirements in the Gas Supplier Licence relating to use of an approved Meter Asset Manager. The proposal is to change the approval requirements for Meter Asset Managers.

  • Published: 16th Sep 2011
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents
Ofgem is committed to removing barriers associated with the introduction of biogas, therefore we have decided to establish a review group to consider the issues and potential remedies.

  • Published: 21st Jul 2011
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents
These are the minutes for the 25th MAMCoP Board meeting held on 28th June 2011 at Ofgem.

  • Published: 13th Apr 2011
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 8 Associated documents
These are the minutes to the 24th MAMCoP Board meeting held on 15th 2011 at Ofgem.

  • Published: 18th Nov 2010
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
On behalf of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (the ‘Authority’), Ofgem is writing to seek information about the two-yearly meter inspections required to be carried out by suppliers.

  • Published: 2nd Nov 2010
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 5 Associated documents
These are the minutes to the 23rd MAMCoP Board meeting held on 12th October 2010 at Ofgem.

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