Standards Australia has published a Roadmap for Advanced Metering Standards, developed through a series of forums and consultations with industry stakeholders to consider the standards needed to support the adoption of smart metering in Australia.
Standards Australia says publication “paves the way for stakeholders to submit proposals for the development of contemporary Australian Standards for advanced metering.
It says this process is expected to take two to three year, and has identified a total of 23 new standards that need to be develop: for safety; tariffs and load control; testing; community expectations; temperature ranges, and “other relevant matters”. These are grouped into three priority levels
Standards Australia said publication would “pave the way for stakeholders to work with Standards Australia to prepare and submit proposals for the development of contemporary Australian Standards for advanced metering.”
Standards Australia CEO, Dr Bronwyn Evans, said it was essential that energy sector innovators be encouraged to develop new technologies and that suppliers were able to make these technologies speedily available to the public. “At the same time, it is critical that the uptake of innovations is managed through a safe, reliable and efficient process … [and this] relies upon the ability of regulators, stakeholders and standards developers to implement appropriate measures designed to build public confidence and establish market certainty.”
Thee report is the culmination of a number of industry forums hosted by Standards Australia over the past two years. The first, in November 2014 agreed that Standards Australia technical committee EL-011, Metering Equipment, would be responsible for developing the relevant Australian Standards.