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Smart Metering

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 30 March 2011

I am pleased to inform the House that the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with Ofgem, is today publishing the response to the prospectus consultation on the smart metering implementation programme.

The Government’s vision is for every home in Great Britain to have smart energy meters, giving people far better information about, and control over, their energy consumption than today. Businesses and public sector users should also have smart or advanced energy metering suited to their needs. The roll-out of smart meters will play an important role in Britain’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and help us meet some of the long-term challenges we face in ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply.

I have deposited copies of “Smart Metering Implementation Programme—Response to Prospectus Consultation—Overview Document” and supporting materials in the Libraries of both Houses.

The documents are also available on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/smart_mtr_imp/smart_mtr_imp.aspx