Smart meter rollout to be reviewed

  The rollout of smart meters across millions of British households is to reviewed by the government spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) says it will investigate whether the planned £11 billion rollout will save customers money and look at whether the government is on track to achieve its target deadline of 2020. Some […]

UK introduces Smart Meters Bill to Parliament

The UK Government has introduced the Smart Meters Bill to Parliament today. It includes measures to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters – every home and small business should be offered the technology by the end of 2020. The Bill will enable the government to continue to regulate the […]

Smart meter rollout ‘to cost £1bn more than government estimates’

The government’s smart meter rollout could cost £1 billion more than previously predicted, taking the total cost to £12 billion. That’s according to new research from the Big Deal and ITV. Smart meters, which will be rolled out in 52 homes and businesses by 2020, replace traditional gas and electricity meters and send readings directly […]

UK spies looking to protect smart meters against hackers

The UK’s intelligence gathering service is looking into ensuring the rollout of smart meters is not open to hackers. It comes after GCHQ reportedly saw energy companies’ plans to use a single decryption key across the whole network of communications between suppliers and around 53 million smart meters expected to be installed by the end of the […]

Energy suppliers to trial smart meter display alternatives

The government has given the go-ahead for energy suppliers to trial alternatives such as smartphone apps to display smart meter information. Since 2012, the standard licence conditions for electricity and gas supply have required all domestic consumers to be freely offered an In-Home Display (IHD) when installing smart meters. IHDs provide consumers with near-real time […]

DECC seeks views on business smart meter rollout

A new consultation on the government’s proposals not to extend the deadline for businesses to opt out of the smart meter rollout has been launched. Two million public and private sector organisations, including small shops, chain stores, schools and small industrial units, are expected to install the energy-saving technology by the end of the decade […]

MPs warn £11bn smart meter rollout could be a ‘costly failure’

The UK Government’s £10.9 billion plan to roll out smart meters in every home and business across the country is “veering off track”, MPs have warned. The Energy and Climate Change Committee raised concerns about the “technical, logistical and public communication issues” which have resulted in delays and could prove to be a “costly failure”. […]

MPs launch second inquiry into smart meter rollout

The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) is inviting views on addressing some of the issues related to smart meters. The UK Government’s smart meter rollout is due to take place between 2015 and 2020 with an estimated 53 million devices to be installed in homes and businesses by energy suppliers. DECC estimates the rollout […]

Smart meters will cut energy bills by only 2%, MPs warn

Energy customers will have to fork out £215 for the installation of smart meters that will only save them around 2% on their annual bill, MPs have warned. In a damning report published today, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) estimates the Government’s smart meter rollout – due to begin next year – will cost consumers […]

‘Slow pace of smart meter rollout hindering businesses’

Businesses have faced challenges while gearing up for the Government’s smart meter rollout and the “slow pace” has been the main hindrance. That’s according to Patrick Caiger-Smith (pictured), CEO of Green Energy Options, which makes the technologies that connect to the home area network such as energy displays and mobile apps. He told ELN designs […]