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Government rejects calls to extend smart meter rollout deadline
All businesses and homes will be offered smart meters by their energy supplier by the end of 2020 as part of the Government’s smart meter scheme. This will help improve the energy infrastructure of the UK and reduce the amount of energy consumption in the fight against climate change.
The Government’s 2020 target is considered challenging amongst industry commentators. Consequently Citizens Advice called for an extension to the deadline by 3 years to give suppliers more time to resolve current issues. The Government however has recently spoken out against pushing back the rollout deadline stating it would only delay millions of households and businesses from enjoying the substantial benefits of moving to a smarter energy system.
The deadline for the installation of smart meters on all electricity meters within profile classes 5 to 8 and all gas supplies using in excess of 732,000kWh per annum was April 2014.
The deadline for the installation of smart meters on all electricity meters within profile classes 1 to 4 and all gas supplies using 732,000kWh or less per annum is 31 December 2020.
Installing a smart meter is optional, but highly recommended
Suppliers are contacting businesses to tell them when they can get a smart meter. The decision to install must be made by whoever pays the energy bill.
Although installation is optional, adopted use of smart meters will bring a number of benefits including:
- Accurate meter readings;
- An end to estimated bills;
- Improved procurement and tenant recharging; and the
- Potential to significantly reduce energy bills.
Ofgem is encouraging landlords to help their tenants in benefiting from the scheme. If the tenancy agreement states tenants need the landlord’s permission to alter metering at the property, the landlord should not unreasonably prevent it.
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