Energy: Meters

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that smart meters are on schedule to be installed in every household by 2020.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Government is committed to ensuring that all homes and small businesses are offered smart meters by the end of 2020. The Programme is well underway with around 400,000 being installed every month.There are now over 8.6 million smart and advanced meters operating across homes and businesses across Great Britain. The rollout of smart meters is on track to deliver significant benefits, including putting an end to estimated bills, and is set to save consumers £300m in 2020 alone.

Energy suppliers are responsible for planning and delivering the roll-out of smart meters, working within the legal framework established by the Government. Energy suppliers’ licence conditions require them to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to roll-out smart meters to all their domestic and small business customers by 31 December 2020. Ofgem is responsible for regulating energy suppliers against this obligation.

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