UK government urged to hasten smart meter rollout

The UK government has been called upon to support energy-saving products by taking the lead on the introduction of smart meters in households across the country.

Friends of the Earth and the Energy Retail Association have urged the government to outline how the programme will deliver the 46 million meters in response to a consultation on the products.

In a letter published in the Guardian newspaper, which calls for a response within the next three months, the organisations say "ministers need to turn their preferred options into firm policy statements in their consultation response".

"This new technology will mean the end of estimated bills and meter readers visiting homes, and will provide customers and energy suppliers with accurate and timely information," they stated.

Explaining that "time is of the essence", the two bodies said that the efficiency products will result in cutting 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2020, but this will be negated by delays in rolling them out.

The smart meters will not only allow customers to know exactly how much electricity they are using, but also help them identify what appliances are consuming more.ADNFCR-2541-ID-19297187-ADNFCR

Thursday 13th August 2009

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