Modern metering device

A modern metering device is a digital meter with a multi-line display and the basic version of the new meter.

A modern metering device measures electricity consumption and displays the current meter reading in the display. This stores the meter readings each day on a rolling basis for 24 months. You can check the current meter reading via the multi-line display at any time. After you enter your personal identification number (PIN), you can also use the display to check the current amount of power used, meter readings over the last 24 months, and consumption rates for defined time intervals. A PIN needs to be entered in order to display personal data.

A modern metering device is not connected to a communication unit, meaning that the measured values cannot be read remotely. It is not possible to (remotely) control the meter either.

A modern metering device is operated using a conventional flashlight via an optical button on the meter.

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Who is entitled to receive a modern metering device?

  Period exchange
Electricity consumption rate up to 6,000 kWh within 16 years from October 2017
Operation of a generation plant with a capacity of up to 7 kW within 16 years from October 2017

Contact

  • Customer service

    030-64 49 41 668

Advantages of the technology

Modern metering devices provide information about the actual electricity consumption rate directly on the meter's digital display. In addition to the meter reading, you can use the display to view electricity consumption rates from various periods of utilisation, e.g. daily, weekly, monthly and yearly up to two years prior to the current date. You can also check the current use rate on the modern metering device's display.

This increases transparency regarding your electricity consumption in comparison to conventional meters, thereby allowing you to alter your consumption patterns and save money in the process.

A modern metering device can be upgraded to an intelligent measuring system at the request of the customer.

Data access and protection

As with a regular meter, the meter reading can be taken directly from the modern meter. On a modern metering device, protected personal consumption data can be accessed by entering a PIN. The PIN is uniquely assigned to the meter and cannot be changed. The PIN is issued to you by our customer service team.

The data recorded by a modern metering device is not read remotely. This means that your responsible meter operator (Stromnetz Berlin), network operator or energy provider (or other market participant as the case may be) does not have access to your consumption data. This new type of meter will continue to be read locally by one of our representatives once a year. If it is not possible for us to read the meter locally, you will receive a letter with a request to read the meter yourself.

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, 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)