Energy Efficiency

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 8th January 2007.

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Photo of John Gummer John Gummer Conservative, Suffolk Coastal

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(1) if the Government will assess the merits of mandating a minimum level of functionality for smart metering under (a) the Energy End Use and ESCO Directive and (b) future energy efficiency commitment schemes;

(2) whether the Government is considering using its forthcoming Energy White Paper to propose requiring the introduction of smart metering with a minimum level of functionality.

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

On 14 November 2006, the Government issued a consultation document, "Energy Metering and Billing: Changing Customer Behaviour", which sought views on the proposals about metering and billing that were contained in the Energy Review, and also took forward the implementation of the Energy Services Directive. Interested parties may respond to this consultation by 6 February 2007. The Government will take responses on all aspects of metering and billing, including smart metering, into account before setting out its further views. The Government expects to begin a statutory consultation about the third phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment, covering 2008-11, in spring 2007.

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