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Energy: Meters

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL12419, tabled on 18 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that all newly built houses are fitted with smart energy meters during their construction.

Answered on

4 January 2019

A number of energy suppliers are already installing smart energy meters in new build properties, and more than a million smart meters were installed overall in every quarter in 2018.

Energy supply licence conditions enable the Government to set a date from which suppliers must take all reasonable steps to install a compliant smart meter, where a meter is installed for the first time (for example in new build properties) or where a meter is replaced – this is referred to as the New and Replacement Obligation (NRO).

We expect to make a decision to activate the NRO in due course.