Intelligent measuring system

An intelligent measuring system is a modern metering device that is connected to a communication unit (smart meter gateway).

The measuring data, e.g. electricity consumption, capacity or supplied energy, can be read remotely via the communication unit. We will provide the collected data to you via an online portal, so that you can view and use all information about your consumption patterns or rate of electricity generation as required. You can access the online portal to compare your electricity consumption rates from different time periods, for example.

The data that has been read remotely is also made available to all relevant market partners. As your responsible meter operator and distribution system operator, we shall receive this data, as will your energy provider. Other authorised market partners may also receive the data.

In future, the intelligent measuring system will make it possible to control an installation via an interruptible consumption unit in accordance with § 14a EnWG or a generation plant.

Questions and further information

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about intelligent measuring systems and for further information. Please contact us.

Contact

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Who is eligible to receive an intelligent measuring system?

  Period exchange
Electricity consumption rate from 6,000 kWh up to 10,000 kWh per year from 2020 and technical availability within eight years
Electricity consumption rate from 10,000 kWh up to 100,000 kWh per year from technical availability within eight years
Electricity consumption from 100,000 kWh per year from technical availability
Operation of a generation plant with an installed capacity of 7 kW to 100 kW from technical availability within eight years
Operation of a generation plant with an installed capacity from 100 kW from technical availability within eight years
Operation of a consumption unit in accordance with § 14a EnWG from technical availability within eight years

 

Advantages of the technology

An intelligent measuring system continuously registers electricity consumption and electrical output. The data is read remotely on a regular basis and is then stored. You can access this information via an online portal using your personalised access code. The features of the online portal enable you to increase transparency with regard to your electricity consumption in comparison to conventional meters, thereby allowing you to alter your consumption patterns and save money in the process.

Other metering devices, e.g. for gas or heat, can be integrated into the intelligent measuring system, with regular remote readings of all energy types creating even more transparency.

Having an intelligent measuring system enables you, in future, to take advantage of load-variable tariffs offered by an energy provider alongside the usual time-variable tariffs.

Data access and protection

For intelligent measuring systems, the Measurement Point Operations Act (MsbG) bindingly sets out protection profiles and technical guidelines on guaranteeing data protection, data security and interoperability. This is intended to guarantee a uniform level of security which is extremely high.

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is primarily responsible for the creation of these protection profiles and guidelines. Certified systems are those that carry the BSI seal. BSI is also responsible for the ongoing development of the protection profiles. We exclusively use certified intelligent measuring systems.

Availability of the technology on the market

Our current plan states that the technology will be available as of 2018. When the technology is available on the market, we will start to replace the meters. The rollout of the intelligent measuring systems in our network territory has to be completed by 2032.

Replacing the technology

We will inform you in good time by letter about the replacement of your meter and the appointment for replacing your current meter with a modern metering device.

  Modern metering device Intelligent measuring system
Display of meter reading and consumption in display via an online portal with personal access
Can be read remotely No Yes
Can be controlled remotely No Yes
Data storage Meter readings for 24 months from integration into communication network
Protection of data PIN input on meter Protection profiles and guidelines for data transfer in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Illustration of time-variable or load-variable tariffs No Yes

Further information about the new meters

Prices for digital meters

Under the Smart Meters Operation Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz - MsbG), price ceilings for modern metering devices and intelligent measuring systems apply to the responsible meter operator based on consumption, the capacity of a generation plant, and the management of the consumption unit (as applicable).

The price sheet has been published for the operation of modern metering devices and intelligent measuring systems.

Installation of a digital meter

We or a service provider contracted by us will contact you about the replacement of the conventional meter with a modern metering device or an intelligent measuring system. We will notify you in writing of the scheduled meter exchange in advance. In this letter, we will specify an appointment for replacing the meter and we will state the name of the contracted service provider.

Choice of energy provider

The replacement of the conventional meter with a modern metering device or an intelligent measuring system does not have any effect on your choice of energy provider.

Billing of meter operation

We or a service provider contracted by us will contact you about the replacement of the conventional meter with a modern metering device or an intelligent measuring system. We will notify you in writing of the scheduled meter exchange in advance. In this letter, we will specify an appointment for replacing the meter and we will state the name of the contracted service provider.

Data protection and data security

With modern metering devices, detailed personal electricity consumption data and current capacity data is protected against access by unauthorised parties by means of a personal identification number (PIN).

For intelligent measuring systems, protection profiles and technical guidelines on guaranteeing data protection, data security and interoperability are set out as binding regulations in the Smart Meters Operation Act. This guarantees a uniform level of security which is extremely high. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is primarily responsible for the creation of protection profiles and guidelines. Certified systems are those that carry the BSI seal. BSI is also responsible for the ongoing development of the protection profiles. We exclusively use certified intelligent measuring systems.

Changing the meter operator

The meter operator is responsible for the provision of the modern metering device or intelligent measuring system. The operator manages the operation and maintenance of the new meter. The operator is also responsible for an annual on-site reading in the case of modern metering devices and for remote reading in the case of intelligent measuring systems.

Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is your responsible meter operator.

At the request of the connection user, the meters may be operated by a different meter operator providing the other meter operator is able to guarantee proper operation of the meters.

The power recipient – usually the owner of the building – is also entitled to choose a different meter operator if desired. This special entitlement may affect the choice already made by a connection user. This is why additional conditions apply to the entitlement of the power recipient to choose a meter operator.

The entitlement of the connection user to select a different meter operator is set out in § 5 of the Smart Meters Operation Act. The equivalent for power recipients is set out in § 6 of the Smart Meters Operation Act.

Legal basis – Smart Meters Operation Act

A number of laws and ordinances are changing with the entry into effect of the Law on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition dated 2 September 2016. The aim is to consolidate all regulations regarding the operation and measurement of meters in the new Smart Meters Operation Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz - MsbG). In addition to the introduction of the MsbG, the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) and the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) are being amended. A total of 15 laws and ordinances are affected.

The replacement of conventional meters with modern metering devices or intelligent measuring systems starting from 2017 is based on the regulations set out in the MsbG.

The scope of application of the law is set out in § 1 MsbG:

  1. regarding the outfitting of metering points for the grid-based supply of energy with modern metering devices and intelligent measuring systems,
  2. regarding the definition of the operation of the meters and the open selection of a meter operator,
  3. regarding the separation of duties in terms of meter operation and grid operation,
  4. regarding minimum technical requirements pertaining to the use of intelligent measuring systems,
  5. regarding energy-efficient data communication and general data communication with smart meter gateways,
  6. regarding the collection, processing and use of measured values and other personal data for the completion of pre-contractual obligations and contracts, legal obligations, and for the completion of tasks in the public interest.

The type of new meter (intelligent measuring system or modern metering device) that will be installed at a customer's property is specifically determined in § 29 MsbG.

Smart Meters Operation Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz - MsbG) (PDF 167 kB)