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31 Mar 2011 10:03:03

Government outlines smart meter plans

Government outlines smart meter plans
Plans to fit smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses across the UK have been further described by the government.

The coalition outlined the two phases of the scheme, the foundation stage and the mass roll out, the former of which is taking place now.

Members of the industry and consumer groups are working alongside the government on completing the "necessary groundwork" for when the technology is installed across the country, which is expected to begin in 2014.

The Data and Communications Company will also be established during the foundation stage, to provide the nationwide information sharing network for smart meters.

Commenting as the government published its response to the Smart Meters Prospectus consultation, energy minister Charles Hendry described the plans as "a fundamental part of our programme for government".

"Smart meters will enable us to modernise the electricity system over the coming years and create the smart grids we will need to bring new low carbon energy sources online, and handle much higher demand for electricity as we progressively electrify transport and heating," he added.

Establishing a smart grid and rolling out smart meters was named as a key energy policy in the coalition's programme for government.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800481986-ADNFCR

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