Energy and Climate Change
John Spellar (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Warley, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's estimate is of the likely cost of the smart meter programme; how many meters will be installed; and where such meters will be manufactured.
Charles Hendry (The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Wealden, Conservative)
The roll-out of smart metering is projected to cost £11.5 billion, and deliver benefits of £18.6 billion. It will involve the installation of some 53 million smart electricity and gas meters in approximately 30 million premises.
The roll-out of smart meters will be carried out by the energy suppliers and each supplier is responsible for sourcing meters for their customers; a range of smart meter manufacturers are available to energy suppliers both within the UK and globally.