Energy: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee, Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of households in England use token prepayment meters.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The major six energy supply companies have programmes in place to replace token prepayment meters with similar meters that are operated by using either a card or a key. Ofgem continues to monitor the companies' progress with the replacement.

The following table shows the percentage of prepayment meter customers still using a token at the end of 2012 (latest data available). As of Quarter 3 of 2013, 16% of standard electricity customers in the UK were using prepayment meters. This figure is taken from table 2.4.2 of DECC's publication Quarterly Energy Prices.

  Percentage of electricity PPM customers1
British Gas 0.2
E.On 0
EDF (inc. smart card) 0.06
npower 0.04
SSE 0.25
Scottish Power 0.1
1 Ofgem data.

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