Energy: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that any lack of consumer engagement does not adversely affect the timetable for the smart meter rollout.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Timely and effective consumer engagement will be vital to ensure that consumers benefit from smart meters. The Smart Meters Implementation Programme has been working on the development of a strategy for consumer engagement and we will publish a consultation on the strategy in spring, which will include proposals on the objectives and activities for consumer engagement. Among these will be activities which need to be undertaken between now and the start of mass rollout to help ensure that suppliers can gain access to domestic properties for the installation of smart meters.

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