Data from the Commission for Energy Regulation

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is the regulator for the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland. The CER was first set up in 1999 and works within the framework of national and EU energy policy which aim to create a single European electricity market that best meets the needs of Europe’s energy consumers.

CER Smart Metering Project

The CER initiated the Smart Metering Project in 2007 with the purpose of undertaking trials to assess the performance of Smart Meters, their impact on consumers’ energy consumption and the economic case for a wider national rollout. It is a collaborative energy industry-wide project managed by the CER and actively involving energy industry participants including the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), ESB Networks, Bord Gáis Networks, Electric Ireland, Bord Gáis Energy and other energy suppliers.

Electricity Customer Behaviour Trial

The Smart Metering Electricity Customer Behaviour Trials (CBTs) took place during 2009 and 2010 with over 5,000 Irish homes and businesses participating. The purpose of the trials was to assess the impact on consumer’s electricity consumption in order to inform the cost-benefit analysis for a national rollout. Electric Ireland residential and business customers, and Bord Gáis Energy business customers, who participated in the trials had an electricity smart meter installed in their homes/premises and agreed to take part in research to help establish how smart metering can help shape energy usage behaviours across a variety of demographics, lifestyles and home sizes. The trials produced positive results, the reports for which are available on from CER along with further information on the Smart Metering Project.

The detailed data underlying the electricity customer behaviour trial results is now being made available in anonymised format in order to facilitate further research and the development of competitive products and services following the anticipated rollout of Smart Meters in Ireland. No personal or confidential information is contained in the data set, which instead gives anonymised behavioural and usage patterns.

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Gas Customer Behaviour Trial

The Smart Metering Gas Customer Behaviour Trials (CBTs) took place during 2010 and 2011 with nearly 2,000 Irish homes participating.   The purpose of the trials was to assess the impact on consumer’s gas consumption in order to inform the cost-benefit analysis for a national rollout. Bord Gáis Energy residential customers who participated in the trials had a gas smart meter installed in their homes and agreed to take part in research to help establish how smart metering can help shape energy usage behaviours across a variety of demographics, lifestyles and home sizes. The trials produced positive results, the reports for which are available from CER along with further information on the Smart Metering Programme.

The detailed data underlying the gas customer behaviour trial results is now being made available in anonymised format in order to facilitate further research and the development of competitive products and services following the anticipated rollout of Smart Meters in Ireland. No personal or confidential information is contained in the data set, which instead gives anonymised behavioural and usage patterns.

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Data format

Data for both Gas and Electricity is provided in Excel (survey data) and CSV (smart meter read data) formats.

 

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