Mar 28, 2019

Smart meter fitting slows despite deadline

The rate at which smart meters are being fitted has slowed, adding more pressure on a 2020 deadline already branded as unrealistic. Smart Energy GB, which promotes smart meter technology, said that suppliers have been planning for a switch to second generation smart meters. Of these, 240,000 were second generation - or SMETS2 meters - which keep their smart operation when customers switch supplier. In November, the National Audit Office said that there was "No realistic prospect" of the government meeting its own deadline to install smart meters by the end of 2020. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: "We've said everyone will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 to reap these benefits and we will meet that commitment."

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