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Energy: Meters

Question for Department for Energy and Climate Change

UIN 205496, tabled on 14 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many agencies will have access to data collected by smart meters.

Answered on

22 July 2014

In order to protect consumers and ensure that they have choices over who can access their energy data and for what purposes, the Government has established a data access and privacy regulatory framework

Energy suppliers will be able to access their own customers’ monthly consumption data for billing and for the purposes of fulfilling any statutory requirement or licence obligations. Consumers will be able to choose whether or not to permit energy suppliers to access data on their daily or half-hourly consumption of energy.

Network operators will be permitted to access monthly consumption data for the purpose of developing and maintaining efficient, co-ordinated and economical systems for the distribution of electricity and gas. They will also be allowed to access half-hourly data for regulated purposes, such as network design, but this data will be aggregated so that individuals cannot be identified from it.

A consumer may choose to permit a third party signatory of the Smart Energy Code (such as an energy service company or switching sites) to access their consumption data but this access will not be permitted without explicit consumer consent.

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Department for Energy and Climate Change