Energy: Meters

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 9 March 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps is he taking to ensure suppliers fully commit to pausing forced installations of prepayment meters via a warrant until Ofgem’s review of consumer protections is complete.

Photo of Amanda Solloway Amanda Solloway Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

Ofgem, as the independent regulator, are responsible for the enforcement of licence conditions on suppliers in the energy market.

Following intervention from the Government, all suppliers have agreed to cease the forced installation of prepayment meters and the remote switching of smart meters to prepayment mode until 31 March 2023.

During this period Ofgem is undertaking an intensive consultation process to look at what further protections may be needed around PPMs and seek views on other measures that could reduce the need for PPMs to be installed or switched to remotely.

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