Energy: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 237, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of suppliers who charge customers to have prepayment meters removed and level of such charges.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State for Portsmouth

Energy suppliers have different policies on whether to pass on costs incurred from Meter Operators to change a customer from a prepayment to a credit meter. Suppliers may waive charges for vulnerable consumers. DECC understands that companies that make no charge include British Gas, EON and EDF. The following table shows the energy supply companies that charge.

Supplier Charge for gas PPM Charge for electricity PPM
Npower 60 60
Scottish Power 62.90 45.91
SSE 52.00 52.00
Co-op 69.02 66.15
Ebico 52.00 52.00

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