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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 for what reason his Department is permitting the installation of early smart meters prior to the agreement of technical specifications.

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

The installation of smart-type meters enables some consumers to access many of the benefits of smart metering earlier than otherwise, and contributes to learning during the foundation stage of the Smart Meter programme, delivering benefits for the programme more broadly. Meters need to be replaced when they come to the end of their lives, irrespective of the timetable for smart meter roll-out, and the availability of smart-type meters enables suppliers to offer early benefits to their customers. Suppliers will be required to take all reasonable steps to replace these smart-type meters with smart meters that are compliant with the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS) by 31 December 2019.

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