Energy: Meters

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 18 July 2023.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households in each region have meters on the Wide Area Network.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has a strategy for replacement of meters on the Wide Area Network.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many household meters on the Wide Area Network have been replaced in each year since 2021.

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)

The Data Communications Company (DCC) is obligated under the conditions of its licence to provide Wide Area Network (WAN) coverage to at least 99.25% of premises across Great Britain. There are currently 27.4 million meters connected to the WAN across Great Britain. The Government do not hold this data by region.

Energy suppliers are obligated under the conditions of their licences to take all reasonable steps to ensure their customers’ smart meters are functional. This includes replacing meters that have reached the end of their life or have been found to be faulty. The Government do not hold data on how many meters on the WAN have been replaced since 2021.

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