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Energy: Meters

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made (1) in co-ordinating arrangements to oversee the roll-out of smart meters; (254806)

(2) in developing a model for the roll-out of smart meters;

(3) in determining a standard specification for smart meters.

The Government announced on 28 October last year that we will mandate the provision of smart meters to all households. We are currently considering a range of policy issues which need to be developed further in preparation for the roll out of smart meters, including the delivery model, meter functionality and programme management. We will make further announcements on such matters when we are able to do so.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of smart meters installed in domestic properties. (255862)

Whilst definitions of “smart meters” vary, the Department's estimate is that less than one per cent. of meters installed in domestic properties could be described as “smart meters”.