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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 the reasons were for his decision to mandate a target for the replacement of 97% of meters with smart meters by December 2019.

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

Energy suppliers will be required to take all reasonable steps to roll-out smart meters to all their domestic and smaller non-domestic customers by the end of 2019. For the purposes of economic modelling, the Government assumes that suppliers reach 97% of their customer by the end of 2019. This is neither a target, nor guidance, for suppliers. Ultimately, it will be for Ofgem to judge if a supplier has indeed taken ‘all reasonable steps' to reach all their customers.

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