Business electricity consumers to benefit from smart meters?

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Business energy consumers may start to see an increasing number of smart energy meters being fitted after the government announced its support for a national rollout yesterday (March 30th).

Charles Hendry, the minister of state for energy, explained that Whitehall would like the devices to be present in all of the UK's households. He added that it would give people more information and control over their power usage. E.ON, a supplier, welcomed the move and Graham Barlett - managing director of the company's Energy Solutions business - called the announcement an "important step" in hitting the minister's target for the whole country.

"We've been consistent in our support of the programme and in recognising the benefits that smart meters will bring to our customers," he said, also observing that the firm will install 100,000 more within the next year. 

Mr Hendry reflected the views of Mr Barlett, insisting that the devices will help Britain transfer to a low-carbon nation. 

Posted by Jim Tidy 

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