The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is Ireland’s independent energy
and water regulator. The CER was established in 1999 and now has a wide range
of economic, customer protection and safety responsibilities in energy. The CER
is also the regulator of Ireland’s public water and wastewater system. The CER
requires expert consultancy support as part of the National Smart Metering
Programme (NSMP) in order to provide Market Systems Subject Matter Expertise.
The CER, working closely with the Department of Communications, Energy and
Natural Resources (DCENR), established the Smart Metering Programme which
commenced with Phase 1 in 2008. Phase 2 (Requirements Definition) of the
National Smart Metering Programme commenced in February 2013.
Following a decision on the High Level Design and the progression to the detailed
design phase (Phase 3) the CER requires dedicated consultancy support in order
to provide Market Systems Subject Matter Expertise.
The successful tenderer will be working within a defined governance structure for
the NSMP which encompasses all of the projects being delivered by key
stakeholders as part of the NSMP i.e. ESB Networks, Bord Gáis Networks,
EirGrid, Suppliers and possibly others. The successful tenderer will be a lead
member of the “Design Team” along with the Change Authority Lead. There will
be significant interaction with the Change Authority in order to deliver this service.
There will also be significant interaction with other workstreams i.e. Policy. The
support will also be required to represent CER and participate in industry
governance groups as required.
The support will be in place for a period from end February 2015 to end February
A detailed scope of this requirement is set out in Section 2 of the Invitation to
tender (ITT) document available to download from the contract notice page on