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Energy: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 10th July 2012.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that consumers in rural and remote areas are able to participate in the smart meter roll-out.

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

The Government will place regulatory obligations on energy suppliers that will require them to take all reasonable steps to install smart meters for all their domestic and smaller non-domestic customers by the completion date in 2019. This obligation will apply equally to customers in rural areas as to others. A key part of the process of procuring the communications services that will support the smart metering roll-out is evaluation of the ability to provide communications coverage to a variety of geographical locations and building types.

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