A smart meter is an electrical utility meter which records consumption at intervals of less than an hour and relays this data back to the utility for settlement and monitoring purposes. The Government’s vision is for every home and a significant number of public sector and business users in Britain to be equipped with a smart meter. The government believe this will increase bill accuracy and giver users more control and information on their energy consumption.
On 27th July 2010 the ‘Smart Metering implementation programme: prospectus document’ was published jointly by Ofgem and the government, setting out the proposals for The Smart Meter Rollout. This mass roll out will replace approximately 53 million gas and electricity meters at an estimated total cost of £11.3bn.
A response to the prospectus document was released on 30th March 2011 outlining the government’s conclusions. This document provides an overall strategy and timetable for the rollout and the benefits that smart meters will provide to consumers.
company position statement
We believe smart metering has an important role to play in promoting energy efficiency, load management and bill accuracy.
We are in favour of half hourly metering in the non-domestic market and believe that there is a natural split in the market in relation to smart metering between domestic and non-domestic customers.
It is important that smaller energy suppliers are guaranteed the same pricing and provision from meter providers as larger suppliers to ensure they can compete in the market.
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