The Government plans to roll-out smart meters across the UK. These meters will record the amount of gas and electricity you use minute-by-minute in your house, as well as how much it costs. This information will help us make an informed choice about our energy supplier – but is it worth the £11bn price tag?
There are now cheaper, more efficient technological solutions for recording and relaying this energy data. How about accessing this information through a smartphone app rather than an in-home display? In light of technological developments, the Government should now strongly reconsider the smart meter roll-out as I’ve written in an article for The Register this morning.
Read the article on The Register
Adam Afriyie today welcomed the Government’s ambitions to reduce the time it takes to switch energy supplier to 24 hours. The Minister confirmed that this was the Government’s ambition in reply to a parliamentary question.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:
“I know from bitter experience that it can take weeks and reams of paperwork to change your gas or electricity company. This is bad for competition because it means we often just stick with the same old monopolistic energy suppliers.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to make switching energy supplier quicker.
Matthew Hancock (Minister of State for Portsmouth; West Suffolk, Conservative): Since our challenge to industry in the Annual Energy Statement to cut switching times, the Department has worked with Ofgem and the industry to bring forward changes to industry rules to enable and secured industry commitment to a halving switching time from 5 weeks to 2 weeks and 3 days by the end of this year.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations were abolished in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office): In 2010 the coalition pledged to reduce the number and cost of public bodies. Our Public Bodies Reform Programme is the largest restructuring of public bodies in a generation. It will make the landscape smaller, more accountable, and will offer better value for money to the public.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, today has reiterated his call to release 650MHz of radio spectrum from the public sector for commercial use.
The FSB yesterday criticised internet speeds across the UK. A poll of its members revealed that only 15% were satisfied with broadband speeds.
Adam Afriyie said:
“Businesses need good quality Internet to create jobs and prosperity. The Government has done great work rolling out superfast broadband to hard-to-reach locations, but soaring demand has put our network under serious pressure.