The government has today revealed a fresh plan to accelerate the rollout of smart meters, as it looks set to fall well short of its original goal to install 53 million smart meters in homes and businesses across the UK by the end of 2020. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published proposals today that would force energy suppliers to meet new annual installation targets in order to ensure 85 per cent of the UK’s gas and electricity meters are smart by 2024.
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There are sighs of relief in the beleaguered smart meter offices of the big energy suppliers – they now have until 2024 to put them in our homes. Previously, suppliers were trying to get them fitted by the end of 2020. But the extra time could lead to more years of frustration for customers, many of whom are fed up with the new meters they have been given. It also means the cost of installing the new equipment is likely to rise further, to more than £13bn in total. The promise of smart meters was that readings would be automatic, billing would be easier, and a new world of flexible charges would be ushered in. In practice, millions of people found they had new meters which didn’t work properly if they switched suppliers – and millions more have not been given the technology at all.
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