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A metering company supplies, installs and maintains the electricity and gas meter, collects power and gas consumption data and sends it to the grid administrator. The Authority for Consumers & Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt, ACM) has drawn up various Energy Codes, which contain the arrangements between grid administrators and grid users.
Metering company authorisation and inclusion in connections register
In order to be authorised as a metering company, you must fulfil a number of requirements. TenneT will assess and certify your company. You can be certified as a general metering company or as a metering company for only certain types of metering devices. All certified companies are recorded in the register of metering companies.
As a metering company you must be registered in the connections register. This register is kept by the regional network operator. The register contains all the relevant data about the parties connected to the gas and electricity network. Do you want to carry out work on metering systems and the system connection of the national gas transport network? Then you must be authorised by the grid administrator.
Collecting metered data
You are the only authorised metering company for the specified connections. The way in which you collect the metered data is governed by strict regulations, including how you read the meter, validate the data and transfer the data to the regional grid administrator. You are responsible for any shortcomings observed by the grid administrator during the process.
If you change all or part of the metering device, you must report that within five days to the grid administrator.
Transferring metering responsibility
If you are unable to perform the work, you are obliged to transfer metering responsibility to another authorised company. You can give notice of the transfer by means of a switch notification to the grid administrator.
If you lose your licence, the Metering Company Contingency Scheme (Vangnetregeling Meetverantwoordelijkheid) will come into effect. In that case the grid administrator will inform your customers that they can choose a new metering company by a certain deadline.
Online application procedure via Message Box
You can apply to TenneT to be a certified metering company also online via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.