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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate any consequential cost of the early roll-out of smart meters resulting from (a) suppliers running additional systems to communicate with early meters, (b) the replacement and upgrade of existing smart meters and (c) consumers not being able to switch suppliers because they have an early smart meter.
DECC published two updated smart meter impact assessments in April 2012. The impact assessments consider the potential for higher costs in early roll-out stages and reflect these through the addition of cost allowances. The impact assessments also take account of the potential benefits from earlier deployments, such as providing consumers the early opportunity to receive smart meters and save energy, as well as pre-empting unnecessary stranding of assets where existing meters need replacement. Overall, the impact assessments estimate that net present value is not likely to vary significantly with different volumes of early installations.