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Advanced meters measure how much electricity is used in 15-minute intervals. Where mobile phone coverage allows, this information is sent securely to Aurora Energy each day. This means that a meter reader does not need to physically read the meter each quarter. An advanced meter is also needed to access Aurora’s digital energy products like aurora+.
Before you go ahead with the meter exchange, it's important to make sure your site is ready for an advanced meter. Not doing so could leave you and your business vulnerable to unplanned outages and other issues.
Advanced meters have a maximum load of 100 Amps, as per Australian standards. If your installation draws over this amount it may cause meter faults, blown fuses, fires, and equipment damage.
Before the meter exchange takes place, you'll need to ensure your usage is compatible with the limits of a standard advanced meter installation, and the equipment on site does not draw over 100 Amps. You'll also need to contact TasNetworks and confirm your current network agreement is up to date, fit for purpose, and compliant.
Does equipment at your site draw over 100 Amps?
No - You're ready to go ahead with the meter exchange.
Yes - You'll need to contact an electrician. A CT meter may be required at your property (at your own cost).
Unsure - Contact your electrician to conduct a site audit and assess if your site is compliant.
Our metering service provider may, if possible, carry out some tests on-site to check the maximum load of your equipment, however, these tests may not provide a comprehensive assessment, and the responsibility of making sure your site is compliant is yours. Neither Aurora Energy nor the metering provider will be responsible if you request a meter exchange and the site is later found to be incompatible.
If the metering provider assess the maximum load to be above 100 Amps, or if they are unsure, they may not complete the meter exchange. In this case, Aurora Energy will contact you to discuss your options.
To find out if your current network agreement is compliant, call TasNetworks on 1300 137 008.
To discuss getting a CT meter installed at your property call your electrical contractor for a quote.
If you have any other questions, please contact our dedicated business team.
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Amps are the amount of electricity that equipment (e.g. irrigation pumps) or machinery needs to operate when turned and can be considerably higher at startup.
CT (Current Transformer) meters are installed on any connections with a load greater than 100 Amps. They measure a fraction of the amps (current) passing through the connection and a multiplier is applied to this reading to reflect the actual amps.
You can engage an electrician to conduct a site audit and they may be able to find ways to reduce the site power consumption to below the 100 Amp limit.
Advanced meters are industry standard and since December 2017, and regulatory obligations require that all new meter installations or replacements require an 80 Amp protection fuse.
The advanced metering requires a 100 Amp meter protection device, an 80 Amp fuse will allow over the 100 Amps to meet the customers' 100 Amp connection demand, but at the same time offer the correct protection to meet regulatory obligations.
A network agreement is the connection type set up with TasNetworks.
There are 2 connection types: a basic connection and a negotiated connection.
The advanced metering requires a 100A meter protection device, an 80 Amp fuse will allow over the 100 Amps to meet the customers' 100 Amp connection demand, but at the same time offer the correct protection to meet regulatory obligations.
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