During the next 5 years, Utilities will be making greater use of 'change of occupancy' policies to increase the penetration of metering. These policies are mainly targeted at areas where demand is desirable and are planned to achieve a high level of meter penetration.
Experience of the impact of change of occupancy metering is limited and there are a number of unknowns, e.g. What will be the actual impact on demand and costs? What will be the overall benefits? What will be the impact on the tariff basked? Unlike other metering policies used in the past, (e.g. 'void property' metering and 'sprinkler' compulsory metering for high volume users), there is an opportunity for a collaborative project enabling Utilities to study and quantify the impacts of this policy. The impact of technology, costs, tariffs, social issues and demand reduction will all be addressed and quantified.
Benefits to Clients
- Capturing the opportunity to collate and analyse data on costs, benefits and social issues of this metering policy from the start of implementation.
- sharing data, costs and approaches to identify an efficient data collection programme.
- Effective and efficient policies will be developed for change of occupancy metering to give maximum benefits from this programme