DECC announces timetable for smart meter rollout
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Smart meters are to be installed in every home in the UK by the end of 2019, according to a timetable published by DECC today (30 March 2011)
The timetable and a strategy for the national rollout of smart meters have been announced by the department alongside the government’s response to the Smart Meters Prospectus consultation.
The strategy confirms the government’s view that smart meters will play in important role in the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy, with more than 53 million planned to be installed in private homes and businesses.
Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said: “Smart meters are a key part of giving us all more control over how we use energy at home and at work, helping us to cut out waste and save money.
“The rollout of smart meters will help us keep the lights on while reducing emissions and getting the best possible deal for the consumer.”
Energy minister Charles Hendry agreed: “Ensuring a secure energy supply, moving to a low-carbon economy and keeping prices affordable are the key challenges that drive our energy and environmental policies.
“Smart meters will enable us to modernise the electricity system over the coming years and create the smart grids we will need to bring new low carbon energy sources online, and handle much higher demand for electricity as we progressively electrify transport and heating.”
The plans include details of new obligations being placed on energy suppliers to deliver the installation of the meters.
The government projects that the use of smart meters will result in benefits of £18.6 billion over the next 20 years, wh the cost of the rollout estimated at £11 billion.
The strategy and timetable are available to download from the DECC website.
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