Energy: Meters

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the mobile solution to the DCC hub communication problem in the southern UK region to the northern mobile region; and, what assessment he has made of the effect on the future-proofing of the smart meters toll-out programme of a network reliance on 2G technology.

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)

Separate networks are in place for the Central and South Regions and the North. There are no plans to change these arrangements.

The Data and Communications Company (DCC) has contracted with Telefonica to reach at least 99.25% of properties, and Telefonica’s initial batch of communications hubs for the first 15% of the service will use dual 2G/3G chips providing flexibility and future proofing.

The DCC’s system has both commercial and technical protections to ensure future proofing, and energy suppliers have a responsibility (and interest) to ensure they can continue to use their smart meter for its asset lifetime, which they have taken into consideration as part of their asset procurement.

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