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Ministers visit Manchester nerve-centre of energy smart meter roll-out

Ministers from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) visit the Data Communications Company’s operations centre in Manchester to see first-hand the progress of the energy smart meter roll-out.
Brabazon Office

Lord Callanan, the BEIS Minister responsible for smart metering and Eddie Hughes MP, Housing Minister at DLUHC, took a behind-the-scenes tour of the DCC’s high security, state-of-the-art headquarters Brabazon House, which includes an operations centre monitoring the nationwide smart meter roll-out live, 24/7.

Today marked the first ministerial visit to the DCC, which built and operates Britain’s secure network for smart metering.

Richard McCarthy, Chairman of the DCC, said: “The DCC network is the digital spine of Britain’s future energy system.

The scale we have reached marks the beginning of a monumental change in the way our country generates, stores and consumes energy, and in how it records this.

He went on to say: “The shift from fossil fuel power to clean renewables, combined with intelligent use of battery technologies, will be the most significant step so far in combatting the spectre of climate change.”

There are now more than 15 million smart meters connected to the DCC system.  It’s estimated that homes on the national smart meter network are helping save more than 2 terawatt hours of energy every year.  That nearly matches the typical annual generation of a gas power station, or of 150 large wind turbines – the equivalent of all the electricity used in a year by the city of York.  

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