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Energy Act 2008

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88Power to amend licence conditions etc: smart meters

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(1)The Secretary of State may modify—

(a)a condition of a particular licence under section 6(1)(c) or (d) of the Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29) (distribution and supply licences);

(b)the standard conditions incorporated in licences under those provisions by virtue of section 8A of that Act;

(c)a condition of a particular licence under section 7 or 7A of the Gas Act 1986 (c. 44) (transporter, supply and shipping licences);

(d)the standard conditions incorporated in licences under those provisions by virtue of section 8 of that Act;

(e)a document maintained in accordance with the conditions of licences under section 6(1) of the Electricity Act 1989 or section 7 or 7A of the Gas Act 1986, or an agreement that gives effect to a document so maintained.

(2)The Secretary of State may exercise the power in subsection (1) for the purpose only of—

(a)requiring the holder of a licence to provide or install, or facilitate the provision, installation or operation of, meters of a particular kind, or

(b)requiring the holder of a licence to make arrangements related to the matters mentioned in paragraph (a).

(3)Modifications made by virtue of subsection (1) may include—

(a)technical specifications for meters (including specifications in respect of matters relevant to the ability to obtain remote access to meters);

(b)a prohibition on the supply of gas or electricity through a meter other than a meter which complies with a technical specification under paragraph (a);

(c)provision about the installation of meters which comply with a technical specification under paragraph (a) (including provision about the replacement of existing meters);

(d)provision about electricity generated by a customer;

(e)provision about the circumstances in which any pre-payment facilities of a meter may be utilised;

(f)provision about the use of a meter remotely to disconnect a customer’s premises;

(g)provision about the protection of consumers;

(h)provision about access to, and the use of, an electricity distribution system or part of an electricity distribution system for communication in connection with a meter;

(i)provision about access to information from meters (including provision enabling a customer, or a person acting on a customer’s behalf, to have access to information about the customer’s consumption of gas or electricity);

(j)provision about communication of information by or to meters (including provision about its onward communication) and about the use of such information;

(k)provision requiring the holder of the licence to enter (or refrain from entering) into an agreement of a specified kind, or with a specified person;

(l)provision specifying, or enabling the determination of, a date from which a modification is to take effect.

(4)The power conferred by subsection (1)—

(a)may be exercised to make different provision in relation to different classes of customer;

(b)may be exercised generally, only in relation to specified cases or subject to exceptions (including provision for a case to be excepted only so long as specified conditions are satisfied);

(c)may be exercised differently in different cases or circumstances;

(d)includes a power to make incidental, supplementary, consequential or transitional modifications.

(5)The power conferred by subsection (1) may not be exercised after the end of the period of 5 years beginning with the day on which that subsection comes into force.

(6)Provision included in a licence by virtue of that power—

(a)need not relate to the activities authorised by the licence;

(b)in the case of a licence under section 7 or 7A of the Gas Act 1986 (c. 44), may do any of the things authorised by section 7B(5) of that Act (which apply to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority’s power with respect to licence conditions under section 7B(4)(a));

(c)in the case of a licence under section 6(1)(c) or (d) of the Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29), may do any of the things authorised by section 7(2) to (4) of that Act (which apply to that Authority’s power with respect to licence conditions under section 7(1)(a)).

(7)In this section a reference to a meter includes a reference to a visual display unit, or any other device, associated with or ancillary to a meter.

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