Britain’s largest energy supplier has won the race to roll out a household smart meter fit for the digital energy boom sparked by renewable energy, batteries and electric vehicles. After years of delay the next generation smart meter will be rolled out to British Gas customers from next year following a small-scale trial in UK homes over the summer. The major difference between the first and second generation meters, which both enable customers to track and record their energy use, is that the data will be used to harness household solar power, battery packs and electric vehicle charging to create a more efficient energy system. Whereas early meters were touted by suppliers as an end to estimated billing, the new meters are expected to unlock a raft of innovative retail energy products, including time-of-use tariffs and peer-to-peer energy trading.
Telegraph 20th Oct 2017 read more »