Energy: Meters

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Tope Lord Tope Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the following data in relation to smart meters will be made publicly available after the scheme roll out starts in 2015: (1) the average cost charged to consumers for a gas smart meter installation visit, (2) the average cost charged to consumers for an electricity smart meter installation visit, (3) the average cost charged to consumers for a gas smart meter, and (4) the average cost charged to consumers for an electricity smart meter.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Costs will not be charged upfront to consumers for either the installation visit or the smart meter. Industry costs, net of efficiency savings, will be recovered over the lifetime of the equipment via energy tariffs, as is the case now for traditional metering equipment. DECC has already committed to report on the costs and benefits of the roll out and is developing arrangements for this ahead of the main installation phase.

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