BEAMA welcomes Government Smart Meter Decisions

12 Dec 2012

Dr Howard Porter, BEAMA CEO, today welcomed Government’s publication (12 December) of rules for consumer engagement, privacy, and security for the smart meter programme,“The smart meter rollout will give UK consumers the information they need to control their energy use. It’s therefore vital that the benefits to consumer are at the heart of the programme. Our members, who will be supplying a large proportion of the equipmentused in the roll out, are committed to provide productsthat are easily understoodby consumers, allow them to control their privacy and are secure.”


He continued, “The smart meter rollout is a fantastic opportunity to support UK householders in minimising their fuel bills as well as creating thousands of much needed jobs making and installing the meters. The roll out will also provide future growth opportunities as manufacturers develop new products that integrate with smart meters to deliver extra benefits to the consumer: such as smarter heating systems; management of electrical appliances and integration of other low carbon technologies.”

BEAMA and its members, wh oinclude the leading manufacturers of thesmart meters, in home displays and communications hubs, that will be provided in every smart meter installation,have been involved in detailed ongoing discussions with DECC and other consumer bodies to ensure that all smart meter equipment will work together and deliver benefits for all consumers.

Dr Porter concluded, “The rollout will be a major investment in our energy system,and producing and installing 53 million meters in 5 years will be a challenge, but one that our industry relishes. We are determined to get it right.”

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BEAMA has been established for over 100 years, covering a range of industries in the electrical, energy, water and power related sectors.

It represents directly some 150 companies in the UK electrotechnical and allied manufacturing industries. BEAMA members produce equipment required for smart grids, metering and homes.

BEAMA represents members’ interests in generic and specific areas within Government/ Governmental organisations, UK and international standards and industry players.

BEAMA members are active in many market sectors including commercial and residential buildings and energy networks.

BEAMA is a proactive trade association advising its members on relevant technology and market developments, particularly relating to the areas of product safety and sustainability.

BEAMA still retains its prime purpose – serving members and the national industrial base as the recognised electrotechnical industry association.

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To view the Government documents and media release published December 12th click here