Sep 17, 2019
Smart meter rollout delayed for four years
The government has pushed back the deadline for smart energy meter rollout by four years until 2024. Customers are not obliged to have a smart meter fitted, but energy firms must have offered them to all UK households by the end of the new deadline. Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, thinks extending the smart meter rollout deadline is a "Common-sense move" that is good for customers. The Minister for Climate Change, Lord Duncan of Springbank, said: "We remain on track for suppliers to offer every home a smart meter by the end of next year, but to maintain momentum beyond 2020 we are proposing strict yearly installation targets for suppliers from 2021. This will deliver even greater benefits for households and reduce emissions." USwitch.com's head of regulation Richard Neudegg said that public confidence in the smart meter programme had been "Badly damaged".
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