Networks ask Government to make quick decisions so work on smart metering can begin

3 August 2009

Networks ask Government to make quick decisions so work on smart metering can begin.

The Government must make decisions quickly on smart metering if it wants the roll-out to be successful, efficient and able to deliver the full range of potential benefits they could offer in bringing about a low carbon energy future.

This is the message given by ENA in response to the government’s current consultation on Smart Metering for Electricity and Gas.

David Smith. Chief Executive of ENA, said: “Smart meters are a vital component for the move towards smart networks and delivering the Government’s vision of a low carbon future set out in its recent Energy White Paper.

“ENA recognises the huge challenge in delivering the smart meter rollout in the specified timescales. It is one of the biggest energy projects ever seen.

“To meet the challenge the Government needs to make the right decisions on smart meter functionality and communication systems and needs to make them quickly so the detailed specification work of the rollout can start.

“Networks will need to be fully involved in the rollout process. ENA’s members are ready to work with Government and all other stakeholders to ensure a smooth delivery process. Networks have the experience and a proven track record on delivery that will be needed to make the Government and energy industry’s vision for smart meters a reality.

“However, the sector’s views on functionality and the rollout must be taken on board for the project to be a success and if the full range of potential low carbon benefits is to be delivered.”