Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- May 6, 2013 - Starting May 1 Ontario electric customers will pay a monthly levy of CA$0.79 (US$0.78) on their bills towards cost recovery for the development and operation of the province’s meter data management and repository (MDM/R).

The levy is applicable to residential and general service (<50 kW) customers and will run through October 2018.

In turn the distributors will pay CA$0.788 per customer to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which is also the Smart Metering Entity (SME) with responsibility for managing the development of the MDM/R.

The MDM/R was developed as a common platform for storing, processing and managing the smart meter data from Ontario’s residential and small general service customers. It also enables time-of-use billing.

In its application on March 23, 2012 the SME had applied for a monthly charge of CA$0.806 per residential and general service customer for the period July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2017. Following a proceeding by the Ontario Energy Board, the final decision was issued March 28.

The total sum to be recovered from the start of the initiative in 2006 through the end of 2017 – the end of the asset service life of the MDM/R – is estimated at CA$248.6 million. This includes $1.6 million for the initial pre-contract costs, $18.7 million for delivery of the MDM/R and $36.3 million for changes and upgrades, $8.8 million for the time-of-use rollout, and $167.3 million in operational costs.