Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2007 - Micro generators of electricity will be included as a priority group in Ireland’s smart metering implementation programme, the country’s regulator Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has decided.

In its response to a public consultation on micro generation the CER says that in the interim period before the expected commencement of national smart meter installation in April 2008, micro generators can apply for an interval meter to be installed. The first one hundred micro generators who request an interval meter will only pay the installation costs and not the cost of the interval meter. However micro generators may choose to wait until the smart meter rollout and not be required to pay the installation cost.

Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of smaller commercial generator units connecting to the electricity network, although up until now there has been little demand for micro generation. However a significant increase in micro generation is anticipated.

The CER has decided that in any local area micro generation can be installed up to an initial limit of 40 percent of the substation transformer capacity serving that locality, while an assessment of the effects of increasing micro generation beyond this limit is being undertaken. No application fee will be required in respect of single installations, but developers installing micro generation as part of wider development will be required to pay a standard fee.

In its response to the consultation the CER says it is of the view that a micro generator should be appropriately rewarded for any electricity that is exported to the system and that smart metering offers the best prospect for economic measurement in that smart meters have the capability to distinguish between import and export on a settlement period basis.