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Energy Demand Research Project

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the results and data obtained from the Energy Demand Research Project will be incorporated into their implementation of the European energy services directive (2006/32/EC) which is due to be implemented by May 2008. [HL3331]

Article 13 of the energy services directive requires member states to ensure that where it is,

“technically possible, financially reasonable and proportionate in relation to the energy savings”,

energy consumers are provided with meters that provide information on time of energy use. The directive also requires that, where appropriate, certain types of information relating to a consumer's energy consumption are provided on or with the bill for that energy.

The Energy Demand Research Project will involve energy companies conducting a range of trials where smart meters and feedback devices are installed in homes to test consumers' response to better information about their energy consumption. The different approaches tested in the trials will include information on displays, more accurate and informative billing and differential tariffs by time of day. This will allow the Government to develop their understanding of the cost-effectiveness of different approaches to the provision of information to consumers. This will help inform future policy development, including in relation to the ongoing requirements in Article 13 of the Energy Services Directive, which specifically recognises that cost, benefits and technologies will change over time.