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12 Jun 2009 12:06:05

Conservatives call for more action on UK smart meter rollout

Conservatives call for more action on UK smart meter rollout
The Conservative party has called on the UK government to put more effort into speeding up the implementation of its new smart metering scheme.

According to New Energy Focus, shadow energy minister Charles Hendry has expressed his "frustration" that the nationwide policy to transform domestic energy usage is not scheduled to be completed until 2020.

Speaking at a debate at Westminster Hall, the MP for Weald, East Sussex, suggested that the technology will encourage households to take control of their energy usage and become more involved with renewable energy schemes.

The website quoted Mr Hendry as saying: "Smart meters will have great benefits in terms of energy efficiency and the environment and they will facilitate microgeneration.

"If people start using them constructively and sensibly they will make significant reductions indeed. That is the sort of change that we all want to see."

The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the smart metering scheme in May. The devices will provide homeowners with real-time information about their energy usage.

Last month, the Energy Retail Association claimed that the meters could bring about a "revolution" in the way that people use energy, doing away with the need for estimated bills and meter readings.



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