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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03299: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 29 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-26366, what the estimated cost is of the roll-out of smart meters to every household.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 1 November 2016

This information is not held centrally.

Energy is a matter reserved to the UK Government who have responsibility for the policy, regulatory and commercial framework that underpins the roll-out of smart metering. The UK Government’s latest Impact Assessment published in January 2014 reports an expected small bill increase in the short term, and it is estimated, by Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), that this peaked at an average increase of around £6 per household in 2015.

The Impact Assessment is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/276656/smart_meter_roll_out_for_the_domestic_and_small_and_medium_and_non_domestic_sectors.pdf

Given delays to the Data Communication Company since publication of the Impact Assessment, the Scottish Government has called for the calculations to be reviewed and an updated cost / benefits analysis to be published.