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Smart meters examined by Committee

23 November 2018

Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee said in response to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on smart meters: “The NAO’s report highlights the massive delays and problems associated with the roll-out of smart meters. Costs are rising, and the 2020 target will not be met."

Purpose of the session

This session follows up on the findings and conclusions of the NAO ‘Rolling out smart meters’ report, looking at the roll-out programme and its management by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The evidence session expects to cover issues relating to the delays in installing smart meters, the management of costs by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the obligations placed on energy companies to deliver the roll-out, and issues relating to the roll-out of SMETS1 meters and their potential replacement by second-generation SMETS2 meters.

Witnesses

Wednesday 9 January 2019 (morning, exact timing to be confirmed)

  • Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (names & titles to be confirmed)

Chair's comment

“The NAO’s report highlights the massive delays and problems associated with the roll-out of smart meters. Costs are rising, and the 2020 target will not be met.

Consumers have faced considerable frustration, experiencing glitches with their meters, or finding their smart meters go ‘dumb’ when switching supplier. It’s important that consumers are genuinely able to realise the savings available from having smart meters installed in their homes. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have serious questions to answer about their management of the smart meter roll-out programme and, as a Committee, we will be keen to examine in our evidence hearing in the New Year whether it is feasible, desirable and cost-effective to continue to plough ahead with the Government’s 2020 target. “

Further information

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