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|16 Oct 2017, 3:57 p.m.||Energy: Meters||Steve McCabe|
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2017 to Question 6168, whether an assessment has been made of the potential effect of the interoperability of SMETS1 on the expected benefits of the Smart Meter Roll-out Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Answer (Richard Harrington)
When they become interoperable through enrolment in the Data and Communications Company, SMETS1 meters will be fully compatible between energy providers, allowing consumers to retain smart services when they switch energy suppliers. This means consumers can make informed decisions on the best supplier and tariff for them, using real-time energy consumption information, and not have to worry about losing any smart functionality on switching.
SMETS1 meters are already providing real benefits to consumers, helping them reduce their bills. Research by British Gas with 200,000 customers has shown that consumers with SMETS1 meters have reduced their energy consumption by almost 4%, on average, and Government research shows that eight in ten people would recommend them to family or friends.