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Energy: Meters

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 166500, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate the use of smart meters for residential solar PV installations.

Answered on

18 March 2021

Smart meters are replacing traditional gas and electricity meters in Great Britain as part of an essential infrastructure upgrade to make the energy system more efficient and flexible, enabling the cost-effective delivery of net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

All smart meters are capable of recording electricity that is exported to the grid from onsite renewable generation sources, such as solar panels.

The rollout is making good progress, with 23.6 million smart and advanced meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain, as of the end of December 2020.

The latest data on the rollout of smart meters is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/smart-meters-statistics.

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy