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Electricity: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the relative merits of an (a) area-based and (b) non area-based roll-out of smart meters.

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

The Government consulted on area and non-area based approaches to the roll-out of smart meters in the “Smart Metering Implementation Programme—Prospectus” (July 2010). The “Prospectus—Response” (March 2011) set out the Government's decision not to impose constraints on suppliers in relation to planning, co-ordination or customer prioritisation, judging that this flexibility will enable suppliers to deliver their roll-out programmes in the most efficient way, reflecting the needs and distribution of their customer base. Nevertheless, the Government recognises the value of co-ordination between suppliers and other parties including network operators and third parties such as local authorities, and is working with suppliers to establish how best to facilitate this type of co-ordination.

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