Members of the Lords discussed the key principles and purpose of the Smart Meters Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 13 March.
Members discussed the deadline for the roll out of smart meters and engaging with energy customers.
Committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, is scheduled to begin on 24 April.
Smart Meters Bill summary
The main purposes of the bill are:
- extending existing powers to develop, amend and oversee regulations related to the licensing of smart meters for gas and electricity usage.
- introduce a special administration regime for the national smart meter communication and data service provider (Smart DCC Ltd or ‘DCC’) in the event of its insolvency.
- new powers for Ofgem to directly modify industry codes and documents to deliver a market-wide half-hourly settlement which uses smart metering data.
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