Smart metering - legal basis

Legal basis

The Electricity Directive, part of the EU’s third energy package, provides that all consumers must be equipped with smart meters. By 2020, at least 80% of electricity consumers must have a smart meter.

These EU rules are transposed in Austria’s Elektrizitätswirtschafts- und -organisationsgesetz (Electricity Act) 2010.

Among other things, it lays down that the Minister of Economy can issue an ordinance that contains the basic principles to be respected when rolling out smart meters in Austria – if a feasibility analysis turns out positive. The Minister’s Intelligente-Messgeräte-Einführungs-Verordnung (Smart Meter Rollout Ordinance) was promulgated on 24 April 2012.

As Austria’s regulator, E-Control has also been entrusted with issuing a number of pertinent ordinances. For instance, we are to provide rules for the type and scope of functionalities required of smart meters, the data to be collected, and the information to be given to customers. This has prompted E-Control to issue two ordinances. One of them lays down the technical minimum requirements for smart meters and the other specifies how and when consumers must be given access to the meter readings. The former, called Intelligente-Messgeräte-Anforderungs-Verordnung (Smart Meter Requirements Ordinance) 2011 was issued and promulgated on 25 October 2011.

Datenformat- und Verbrauchsinformationsdarstellungsverordnung (Data Format and Consumption Data Ordinance) 2012

Smart meter ordinances

Further legal texts of relevance

European law

Austrian federal law and market rules