Texas PUC Staff Propose On-Demand Read Requirements For Smart Meter Texas, Minimum Number To Be Provided, As Replacement For HAN Functionality
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Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication for changes to the rules governing advanced metering systems (AMS, e.g. Smart Meter Texas), including proposed on-demand read requirements in place of the existing home area network functionality (HAN) requirements
As previously reported, DeAnn Walker, Chairman of the PUCT, noted the lack of usage in HAN functionality, but said that there should be, "some type of requirement around having on-demand reads, with limits."
The Staff draft would require a utility's AMS system to have, "capability to provide on-demand reads of a customer's advanced meter
through the graphical user interface of an electric utility's or a group of
electric utilities' web portal when requested by a customer, the customer's
REP of record, or entities authorized by the customer subject to network
traffic such as interval data collection, market orders if applicable, and
planned and unplanned outages."
Furthermore, the Staff draft would require that, for an electric utility that provides access through an application
programming interface, the AMS must have, "the capability to provide at least two on-demand
reads per hour per meter of a customer's advanced meter, subject to
network traffic such as interval data collection, market orders if applicable,
and planned and unplanned outages."
The Staff draft would further require that, "An electric utility in the ERCOT
region must be able to accommodate at least 6,000 on-demand read
requests per day through this method, subject to network traffic."