What did Lord Henley say?
Speaking in the House of Lords yesterday, Lord Henley said: “More than 12 million smart meters are operating across Great Britain, with more than 400,000 meters installed every month.
“As of Sunday 18 November – two days ago – industry information showed that more than 138,000 SMETS2 meters were connected to the national smart metering network.”
Labour peer Lord Dubs asked: “My Lords, will the Minister confirm that many, if not all of the smart meters currently offered are such that they cannot work if the consumer switches from one supplier to another? That is a pretty good reason for not having a smart meter.”
To which Lord Henley responded: “My Lords, the companies have been installing the SMETS1 meters and we are now moving on to SMETS2. Changes happen when one moves from a SMETS1 to a SMETS2, but the same benefits will still be available when consumers switch supplier in due course, and they will be able to benefit from those.
“There will be a slight delay in that, but by 2020, all those who switch will find that they have the same benefits on SMETS1 as they have on SMETS2.”