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Rolling out smart meters: BEIS Committee questions Minister Claire Perry on Government’s delivery target and cost

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09 January 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee questions Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry, Ofgem and stakeholders on the roll-out of smart meters and delays to the Government’s delivery programme.

Purpose of the session

The session will follow up on the findings and conclusions of the recent National Audit Office report ‘Rolling out smart meters’, which examined the management of the programme by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The report said that there was “no realistic prospect” of meeting a goal of all homes and businesses being offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 as planned and warned that the cost of the roll-out would likely escalate beyond expected levels.

The session will start with a hearing with Energy UK and Citizens Advice, before members question the Minister, Ofgem and Smart DCC.

The evidence session is likely to cover issues relating to the delays in installing smart meters, including the impact on customers and the management of costs by BEIS.

MPs could also ask about 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, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

  • Audrey Gallagher, Director of Policy, Energy UK
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services, Citizens' Advice

At 10.15am

  • Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Daron Walker, Director of Smart Meters and Smart Systems, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Rob Salter-Church, Director, Retail Systems Transformation, Ofgem
  • Richard McCarthy, Richard McCarthy, Chair, Smart DCC

Further information

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