Andrew Warren: Probably the smartest aspect of the official Smart Metering Implementation Programme is its name. After all, who doesn’t want to be seen as “smart”? With the corollary that, if you are dubious about the Programme’s value, then you must by definition be stupid. But increasingly the list grows longer and longer of those questioning the true value of requiring energy suppliers to replace 53 million meters in 30 million homes and small businesses with these so-called “smart” electricity and gas meters by 2020. The big problem is the UK government has got itself locked into mandating existing technologies for smart meters, when technologies are changing so fast. This is leading to consumers paying for investment in systems already wildly out of date.
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