13 May 2009 09:05:09
UK government urged to keep up momentum on smart meters
The government has been urged not to drop the ball on its newly announced scheme to fit the entire nation's housing stock with smart meters by 2020.
According to the Energy Retail Association (ERA), which represents the UK's major gas and electricity suppliers, the move could revolutionise domestic energy usage as long as momentum is not lost in the months ahead.
Upon announcing its policy for smart meters (May 12th), the Department of Energy and Climate Change launched a three month consultation to sample public opinion on the scheme.
A spokesperson for the ERA said it is important that no time is lost in beginning the rollout once opinions have been shared.
She commented: "What we really need is to get going with the planning stage so that we can get smart meters to everybody by 2020."
"There is still this three month consultation period and what we want to make sure is that there is no momentum lost after that."
The representative also suggested that the smart meters will help consumers who generate their own power from turbines or solar panels to more effectively sell any excess electricity back to the National Grid.
It is estimated by the Energy Saving Trust that a typical household currently generates six tonnes of carbon dioxide over the course of a year, twice as much as the average car.http://tinyurl.com/pstgom