Energy: Meters

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he has made an analysis of how many customers in the UK are currently unable to have a SMETS2 smart meter installed for technical reasons.

Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the waiting time for the technical solution for all homes to have a SMETS2 smart meter installed.

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)

Energy suppliers are continuing to increase their SMETS2 meter installations with over 450,000 in operation across Great Britain as of 27th February 2019.

The national communications infrastructure is open and available for energy suppliers to install SMETS2 meters. Some energy suppliers do not yet have SMETS2 meters that meet the required Radio Frequency (RF) limits in all regions.

The energy suppliers that are impacted by this issue are working with their respective meter manufacturers to ensure the meters in question meet the required limits as soon as possible. A number of the relevant suppliers expect devices that meet the required RF limits to be available for testing from April this year.

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