Consistently, news about the smart meter rollout in the UK makes it onto our ‘most read’ list. Coverage of the programme in British newspapers has, in recent times, been scathing, with one newspaper calling energy chiefs ‘bungling’ and the Times calling the entire programme ‘shambolic’.
The rollout of smart meters in the UK started with high hopes in 2016 but was soon plagued by delays, technology malfunctions and rumours of consumers being strong-armed by energy companies into accepting smart meters whether they wanted them or not.
Meters stopped working when customers change suppliers, or in some cases, never worked properly at all.
The introduction of the second generation of a meter was further accompanied by delays when they were introduced in June 2018.
By the end of March 2019, more than 14.3 million smart and advanced meters were in operation across Britain and as of end September, that number stood at 15.6 million. However, to put this figure into context – the UK has 34.3 million traditional meters currently in service.
Yesterday, the DCC announced that the three millionth meter SMETS-2 meter had been installed and was communicating on its network. Yet there are so, so many questions that need to be answered.
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Source: Smart Energy International