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Updated 24 July 2013
This response to the consultation of 10 May 2013 lays out the government’s position on two aspects of the roll-out of smart meters; how meters installed in the Foundation stage will be enrolled and adopted into the DCC; and the regulations to support change of supplier for meters installed during Foundation. The government has decided that:
- in regard to the communications costs the DCC will face in servicing SMETS1 meters, these costs will be met in full by the installing supplier until the meter churns to another supplier, when the costs will then be shared by all DCC users.
- to not proceed with the proposed Licence Condition 4, which required a supplier to offer a minimal smart service when gaining a customer already receiving a smart service.
Original response 10 May 2013
This response lays out the Government’s position on two aspects of the roll-out of smart meters; how meters installed in the Foundation stage will be enrolled and adopted into the enduring arrangements; and the regulations to support smart change of supplier outcomes for meters installed during Foundation. It seeks views on the legal drafting of the proposed licence obligations and consults on further options for meeting the costs of enrolling meters. We are seeking responses to the further issues consulted in this document by 7 June 2013.
Smart meters will be installed in two stages: the foundation stage and mass roll-out stage. The foundation stage started in April 2011 and will end with the start of mass roll-out in late 2014. On the basis of information received from suppliers, the government expects a significant number of smart meters to be installed during the foundation stage.
This consultation document addresses the issues identified in the government’s April 2012 programme update relating to change of supplier for customers with compliant smart meters, and the enrolment of foundation stage smart meters into the Data and Communications Company (DCC) service.