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11 Mar 2008 06:03:39

Smart meters 'may fundamentally change' energy use

Smart meters 'may fundamentally change' energy use
Smart energy meters may help people "fundamentally change" the way they use energy in the UK, according to the head of the Energy Retailers Association.

Duncan Sedgwick told the Independent that smart meters will become an important component of the UK's low carbon energy plan in the short-term.

When the scheme is rolled out across the UK, it will become "the biggest customer visitor programme that the UK has ever seen", he said.

The newspaper reported that the £5 billion scheme will likely include a hand-held digital device that viewers can use to track the cost of their electricity and gas bills and review times of peak usage, as well as view a running total of their carbon emissions based on their annual energy consumption.

Meanwhile, the Western Mail reported last month that following the £41.6 million fine issued to National Grid for monopolising gas meters, the development of smart meters has been encouraged further.

Testing of the technology in around 23,000 homes across the UK is set to be complete by 2010.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18504976-ADNFCR

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