MP's concern at government's energy meters roll-out
MP James Heappey has spoken out in a debate in Westminster on the
Governments smart meter roll-out, sharing concerns of several
MPs about the progress in meeting targets for the programme.
Smart meters are a new kind of gas and electricity meter that can
digitally send meter readings to your energy supplier and ensure
more accurate energy bills.
meters also come with monitors, so home owners can better understand
their energy usage. Every home in Britain is due to have a smart
meter installed by 2020.
Heappey said: "I hope that the Department for Business, Energy
and Industrial Strategy will embrace the importance of digitising
the energy system and the role of smart meters within that."
the energy system is key to delivering a decentralised generation
system. It is also key to achieving greater efficiency in how we
use energy, which, of course, will lead to lower prices."
added: "We need to make sure that the energy market is set
up to allow smart meters to deliver real savings."
Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, responding
to the motion, said: "The roll-out is a good thing and a long
overdue upgrade of an outdated system
we want to send a strong
signal of our commitment to ensuring that every household and small
business is offered a smart meter by the end of 2020
are big challenges, but it is wrong to slip back on our ambition,
not least because we can point to good progress being made."
Speaking afterwards, Mr Heappey said: "The smart meter roll
out is much less glamorous than improvements to the road, rail,
broadband or mobile infrastructure and yet it is every bit as important.
They are the foundations on which the energy system will be digitised
and so it is vitally important that the Government, Ofgem and the
industry come together with renewed enthusiasm to hit the ambitious
targets that have been set."
"Just as importantly, however, is the need to make sure that
when people get a smart meter, it actually does something that they
means the Government needs to tackle issues over connectivity and
data and the energy market needs to be structured in a way that
allows the full benefits of a digitised system to be realised."