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Energy: Meters

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they intend to ensure that new smart metering technologies for gas and electricity energy consumption are introduced to homes throughout the United Kingdom so that households can intelligently manage their energy use and carbon savings; and [HL3327]

Whether they intend future domestic energy metering to incorporate both electricity and gas energy consumption meters; and [HL3328]

Whether they intend to set a framework for the introduction of gas and electricity smart metering for domestic energy consumption that is transferable and inter-operable between all energy suppliers; and [HL3329]

How they will address the issue of the current 20-year amortisation of domestic energy-metering equipment by energy suppliers to allow the current financial barriers to the timely introduction of smart metering to be removed; and [HL3330]

Whether they will consider requiring energy suppliers to replace existing prepayment metering with smart metering technology in order that costs to prepayment customers are reduced in a manner similar to that achieved in Northern Ireland. [HL3332]

All gas and electricity meters already measure consumption, although smart meters and associated devices can give customers additional information, as well as, among other things, improving the accuracy of billing. With the support of the industry regulator, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), and the Government, gas and electricity suppliers are holding detailed discussions about the barriers to the introduction of smart metering, including the issue of inter-operability of meters and the need to avoid stranding metering assets. The Government will set out their position on metering, including smart metering, in the forthcoming energy White Paper.