With a mass-roll out of smart meters planned to begin in 2014, energy minister Charles Hendry MP has forecast that they will play "a key role in bringing our energy management into the 21st century," according to an article published by Energy Live News.
The MP made the claim in a post published on his blog; he also stated that he felt the meters "will provide accurate consumption information and bring an end to estimated billing - so no more nasty surprises for consumers."
A number of energy suppliers - including members of the big six energy companies - have begun offering and installing smart meters in the homes of their customers.
Hendry went on to state that the roll-out would benefit the UK by around Â£7 billion. He said: "We are consulting on a series of measures, such as how consumers should be engaged and how data can be accessed and protected, which underline our determination to put consumers' interests at the heart of the programme."
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