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Smart Meters

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the introduction of smart meters in homes will be accompanied by a tariff that encourages the use of electrical appliances at times of low demand. [HL5572]

The Government's intention is to take a decision by the end of the year on whether to roll out smart metering to domestic customers. Depending on the exact specification, smart meters could help facilitate the introduction of a wider range of tariffs by energy suppliers. However, if there is a positive decision to mandate smart metering for domestic customers, it will be for energy suppliers to take commercial decisions on the introduction of new tariffs for their customers.