What metering is appropriate for a small generator - less than 3kW size, e.g. Photo-voltaic panels or small wind turbine? How do I get the metering installed?
Contact your energy supplier (or purchaser) of electricity for details of the metering they require. AMO members can advise of the costs for installing metering. Select members from the Members page who deal with “small” electricity meters. Further information can be found on the Ofgem website and from the Electricity Safety Council guidance note.
Do I get charged for changing a prepayment meter to a normal credit meter?
You need to speak to your energy supplier who will arrange for the meter operator to visit and change the meter, or reconfigure it remotely where this is possible. Some suppliers charge for changing the meter.
I don't use any gas but have to pay standing charges?
Ofgem have issued advice on the options available to households that use no gas. The advice can be found here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/open-letter-treatment-domestic-households-do-not-use-gas
My meter box is damaged, what do I do?
The meter box is regarded as the property of the customer, so any damage should be repaired by the customer to ensure the metering equipment is properly protected against the environment. Energy suppliers can arrange for repairs on a chargeable basis, or the customer can purchase replacement parts through builder merchants or suppliers such as www.ritherdon.co.uk or www.meterboxes.co.uk or www.meterboxesdirect.co.uk.
I am looking for a competent registered electrician?
The Registered Competent Person Electrical single mark and register went live on 30th June 2014 and was officially launched in Parliament on 2nd July 2014. It was created following an agreement between all Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators in England and Wales. The single mark and register aims to raise awareness of electrical safety in the home by simplifying the task of finding and checking a competent, registered electrician. The register can be accessed here.
All electrical enterprises listed and permitted to display the mark are registered to undertake work on domestic electrical installations under the Competent Person Scheme, introduced by the Government, to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations. These electricians meet strict qualification requirements and their work is regularly assessed by their electrical Competent Person Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence. The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators, their requirements, and how they are authorised can be found here.
This mark and register is open to all competent, registered electrical installers in England and Wales undertaking work for householders.
I am a landlord whose tenants have had a prepayment meter installed, how do I get the prepayment meter changed to a normal credit meter?
You will need to contact the former tenants’ energy supplier; you can then discuss the best approach, either to keep the prepayment meter in place with you, taking on the payment of the energy account until the premises are re-let, or changing the meter to a normal credit meter. The decision will often depend upon the best payment arrangements for the future tenants. If the previous tenants have left without paying the final charges to the energy supplier the energy supplier may ask for your assistance in obtaining their forwarding address, etc.
I am electrician, can I have permission to remove the cut-out fuse to fit an isolator switch or change a consumer unit?
No. To remove the cut-out fuse the security seals will be broken; this is not only dangerous but can leave you and/or the property owner liable to prosecution for energy theft. A review occurred in 2009 which has resulted in publishing a document aimed at electricians – go to DCUSA then open for de-energisation FAQ on second page.
I am a large electricity customer that is having a half hourly metering fitted, why do I have to sign an agreement to provide metering separate from the energy supply?
The metering agreement is between yourself (as premises owner/tenant) and your chosen Meter Operator. This agreement only describes the obligations associated with the metering and its associated communications equipment. The meter operator agreements may last five years or more and enables you to independently select an energy supplier who can give you best value at the time of the agreement. Contact a member listed on the AMO Members page.
Can I own my own electricity meter?
Yes, the requirement is enshrined in the revisions to the Electricity Act 1989, which now states: “An authorised supplier may refuse to allow one of his customers to provide a meter only if there are reasonable grounds for his refusal.” Customers procuring their own meters has been normal practice for larger electricity customers operating with half hourly meters since 1994. It is becoming increasingly common for customers (generally non-domestic) who are contracting directly with a Meter Operator for the provision of a ‘smart’ electricity meter. Smart meters generally provide half hourly data for energy management purposes and have communications so that regular accurate meter readings can be provided to the energy supplier.
Can I own my own gas meter?
Yes, the requirement is enshrined in the revisions to the Gas Act 1986. Customers procuring their own meters has been common practice for larger I&C customers. It is becoming increasingly common for customers (generally non-domestic) to either own, or connect a logging device to, an existing gas meter, with communications, so that regular accurate meter readings can be provided to the energy supplier, and for the customer’s own energy management.
I am disabled and cannot read my meter, can I get it moved?
Yes – Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires all those providing a service to make reasonable adjustments in providing their services. Schedule 6, para 1 of the Electricity Act 1989, says: “”Where an electricity supplier, for the purpose of meeting the needs of a disabled person – (a) alters the position of any electricity meter provided by him for a customer of his; or (b) replaces such a meter with one which has been specially adapted, the supplier shall not charge the customer for the alteration or replacement.”” Schedule 2B, para 6 of the Gas Act 1986 has similar wording. So any changes should be done free of charge – contact your energy supplier.
I want to know the electricity supplier for an address?
Call the relevant electricity distribution company enquiry line: Distribution enquiry line.
I want to know the gas supplier for an address?
Call the gas distribution company enquiry line on 0870 608 1524. 0870 numbers will cost 7 per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
How can I get my meter moved?
Contact your electricity or gas supplier who will arrange for their appointed metering company to do the work. Never attempt to move the meter yourself, it is dangerous and can lead to prosecution.
How do I report suspected meter tampering?
Meter tampering is not only illegal but it is extremely dangerous. If you know someone who has tampered with their meter or is attempting to defraud their electricity or gas supplier please call 0800 023 2777, or visit www.stayenergysafe.co.uk.
If I need any meter work can I arrange for a timed appointment?
Yes. When access is required to perform metering work, and the customer needs to be present, metering companies are required to offer a morning or afternoon or, if required a timed appointment within a two hour period. See: Electricity SI698:2010 Regulation 19 Gas 1135:2005 Regulation 6 (as amended).
If I have a cancelled appointment for meter work can I get compensation?
Yes. When an appointment is cancelled without one working day’s notice, subject to some exceptions, then a fixed payment will be made to the customer. See: Electricity SI698:2010 Regulation 19 Gas 1135:2005 Regulation 6 (as amended).
What are smart meters?
I have microgeneration (solar, wind of CHP) fitted - should my meter run backwards?
I think my meter is inaccurate?
If you have concerns about your meter accuracy then speak to your energy supplier. Most concerns about meter accuracy, after investigation, are not actually problems with the meter. After discussion with the supplier a formal determination can be arranged. Typically, if the meter is found to be accurate the customer will be charged for the investigation. The government’s National Measurement Office publishes further information and statistics which demonstrate that over 90% of meters submitted for test are accurate.
Who is the Meter Operator?
The current energy Supplier for the premises should be able to advise of the appointed Meter Operator for any premises. Sometimes these are referred to by their Market Participant Identifier (MPID). To translate the MPID into a company name, refer to the ELEXON list of Qualified Persons and filter on the MPID column and/or Role. The Role of a Meter Operator is abbreviated as follows: Half Hourly Meter Operator is HHMOA, a Non-Half Hourly Meter Operator is NHHMOA, and a Central Volume Allocation Meter Operator (CVA MOA).