Digital meters for Berlin

Since 2017, the conventional meters currently in operation will be replaced by us free of charge with modern metering devices. The replacement of the approx. 2.3 million meters will take place over a period of around 16 years.

The starting signal for the rollout of the intelligent measuring systems, i.e. the replacement of conventional meters with smart meters, was given with the so-called market declaration of the Federal Office for Security and Information Technology, which is come into force on February 24, 2020.

The modern metering devices and the intelligent measuring systems will provide more transparency regarding electricity consumption in comparison to the technology used up to now.

Modern metering device

A modern metering device is a digital meter with a multi-line display. This metering device is not connected to a communication unit, meaning that the measured values cannot be read remotely. The modern metering device measures electricity consumption and stores the meter readings each day on a rolling basis for 24 months. The current meter reading can be read via the multi-line display at any time. A personal identification number (PIN) needs to be entered in order to display detailed personal consumption data.

You will recieve a modern metering device if your annual consumption rate is below 6,000 kWh or if you maintain a generation plant with an installed capacity of less than 7 kW.

Intelligent measuring system

An intelligent measuring system is a digital meter or a modern metering device fitted with a communication unit. Consumption data can be read remotely on a regular basis via the communication unit (known as a smart meter gateway). The communication unit transfers the ascertained data to the authorised market participants. Authorised market participants include the meter operator, the distribution and transmission system operator and the electricity supplier. There may also be other authorised parties. Other measuring devices, e.g. gas meters, water and heat meters can also be integrated and read remotely via the communication unit.

You will receive an intelligent measuring system if your annual consumption rate is 6,000 kWh or higher, if you maintain a generation plant with an installed capacity of over 7 kW, or if you have an controllable consumption device as specified in § 14a of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).

  Modern metering device Intelligent measuring System
Consumption display on device X  
Online visualisation of consumption   X
Remote reading   X
Remote control   X

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Timetable for introduction

The replacement of the conventional meters with modern metering devices (rollout) started in October 2017.

The starting signal for the rollout of the intelligent measuring systems, i.e. the replacement of conventional meters with smart meters, was given with the so-called market declaration of the Federal Office for Security and Information Technology, which is come into force on February 24, 2020.

Who will receive the respective technologies?

Consumption (kWh) Start rollout given Technology Replacement timetable
up to 6,000 yes Modern metering device

within 16 years from October 2017

> 6,000 to 10,000 yes Intelligent measuring system

within 8 years from 2020

> 10,000 to 100,000 yes Intelligent measuring system

within 8 years from 2020

> 100,000 no Intelligent measuring system within 16 years from technical availability
Generation (kW) Start rollout given Technology Replacement timetable
> 7 to 100 no Intelligent measuring system within 8 years from technical availability
> 100 no Intelligent measuring system within 8 years from technical availability
  Start rollout given Technology Replacement timetable
Interruptible consumption units according to § 14a EnWG no Intelligent measuring system within 8 years from technical availability

Further information about the new meters

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