Thursday, 7 May 2015

Smart meter plans threatened by delays - Trust a Trader

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An energy saving project by the government, which would involve installing smart energy meters in every home and business in the UK by 2020, is at risk as a result of "technical, logistical and public communication issues", a group of MPs has warned.
The smart meters provide a host of information about energy use, allowing users to discover which appliances are contributing the most to their bills. A smart meter in every home and business could lead to overall energy savings of around £17bn and remove the need for estimated bills.
However, the Energy and Climate Change Committee have said that an important piece of the £11bn programme's infrastructure has fallen behind schedule.
Tim Yeo, chairman of the Committee, said: "This committee first looked at this programme in 2013, highlighting issues which we urged the government to address.
"While some progress has been made since then, it's not enough.
"The energy industry told us that it needs the government to enable industry wide solutions, rather than the less efficient alternative of letting each energy supplier develop its own solution."
Many homes already have smart meters provided by their energy company.
Claire Maugham, director of communications at Smart Energy GB, told BBC Radio 5 live that the introduction of smart meters needed more independent input, and more support may need to be provided to help people to become familiar with this new technology.
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