Households could face pressure to get a smart meter, experts have warned, because firms face fines for missing their roll out targets. Energy regulator Ofgem launched an investigation on Friday into Scottish Power’s compliance with smart meter targets in 2019. Under the Government’s smart meter programme, firms must take all reasonable steps to give the devices to all homes and small businesses by next June. Suppliers negotiate their own annual targets with the regulator and face enforcement if they fail to meet them. Ofgem has previously fined SSE and EDF Energy for failing to meet installation targets. There are now 21.5 million smart meters installed in British homes, but the rollout has been repeatedly delayed and exceeded its initial £11 billion cost.
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