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Smart meter roll-out evidence sessions

14 May 2013

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will take evidence on Smart meter roll-out on Tuesday 14 May 2013, at: 

  • 10am in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, and at 
  • 3pm in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

Witnesses

Panel  1, at 10 am

  • Dr Sarah Darby, Deputy Programme Leader, Lower Carbon Futures group, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
  • Dr Gary Raw, Visiting Professor and Professional Research Associate, UCL Energy Institute 
  • Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of Geography, Durham University
  • Dave Openshaw, Senior Adviser, UK Power Networks

Panel 2, at 11 am

  • Dr Martyn Thomas CBE, Chairman, IT Policy Panel, Institution of Engineering and Technology 
  • Alex Henney, EEE Ltd

The committee will reconvene in the afternoon:

Panel  3, at 3 pm

  • Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF
  • Dr Neil Pennington, Programme Director, Smart, RWE npower
  • Andrew Ward, Operations Director, ScottishPower 
  • Tony House, Smart Programme Director, SSE

Panel 4, at 4 pm

  • Stuart Rolland, Head of Smart Metering, British Gas 
  • Don Leiper, Director of New Business, E.ON
  • Darren Braham, Founder and Chief Financial Officer, First Utility

Timings are approximate.

Issues

The morning session will explore a range of issues, including:

  • the evidence from UK trials on consumer interaction with and benefit from smart meters 
  • the potential for shifting electricity demand 
  • cost and value for money of roll-out
  • security and interoperability issues
  • the timescale of roll-out
  • communication and smart meter coverage
  • consumer engagement with roll-out.

The afternoon session will explore a range of issues, including:

  • potential consumer benefit from smart meters
  • cost and value for money of roll-out
  • security and interoperability issues
  • the timescale of roll-out
  • communication and smart meter coverage
  • consumer engagement with roll-out.

Further information

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