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Water: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 5th December 2011.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to ensuring flexibility in his planned smart meter procurement to allow the later addition of smart water metering.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Our recent consultation document(1) on the Data and Communications Company (DCC) set out proposals for the provision of value-added services in future, which could include water metering. We are currently analysing responses to this consultation and are conducting procurements for the provision of data and communications services, which will enable us to explore the cost of different levels of functionality and capacity, for smart energy metering and other purposes.

We have also made clear our intention that the enduring technical solution will employ open standards and protocols allowing the integration of other equipment, potentially including smart water meters.

(1 )Smart Metering Implementation Programme: A consultation on the detailed policy design of the regulatory and commercial framework for DCC:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/consultation/smart-metering-imp-prog/2883-cons-detailed-policy-design-of-dcc.pdf

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