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Smart Metering

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what projection he has made of the effect of smart metering on consumers’ domestic energy usage; (112196)

(2) whether the Government plan to carry out research on the effect of smart metering on consumer domestic energy usage.

As part of the Energy Review, the Government are currently consulting on a range of metering and billing issues, including smart metering. Trials of smart meters and other devices, which the Government are co-funding with supplier-led consortiums, will also begin shortly. These trials will test a range of approaches to encourage consumers to reduce energy consumption.