Energy companies could increase the cost of having traditional meters in an attempt to force everyone to accept flawed smart meters, an energy minister has warned MPs. Climate change minister Lord Duncan of Springbank said customers faced higher bills to help meet the cost of sending out engineers to service old-fashioned meters. Smart meter uptake is expected to accelerate over the next four years despite the £13.5bn rollout being delayed by four years. The Government is aiming to have installed the devices in 85pc of homes by the end of 2024, in theory to help reduce energy consumption by allowing households to track their usage in pounds and pence. However, the project has been plagued with issues, with millions of the early devices “going dumb” and losing crucial functions after switching suppliers.
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