Cities smarten up with new policy tool

A new tool aims to help ensure smart cities provide real benefits to the people living in them. Smart Energy GB, the firm behind the UK’s smart meter rollout, has published the Resilience, Efficiency, Affordability and Liveability (REAL) Ratio. Policymakers and city planners are increasingly introducing new smart technologies, such as automated lighting systems, energy demand side response […]

Blog: What’s in a word? Ofgem quibbles with “endeavour”

Endeavour – it’s shaping up to be a dirty word in energy regulator Ofgem’s books. We’re not talking about the magnificent ship which took Captain James Cook halfway around the world. No, Ofgem is taking issue with a misplaced endeavour – in the rulebook for the rollout of smart meters. Called the Smart Energy Code, […]

Persuading public on smart meters “taking longer than we thought”

Energy suppliers have told national auditors it is taking much longer than they thought to explain smart electricity meters to the public. The revelation suggests there could be a real headache in store for both government and suppliers to make sure 53 million smart meters are in homes and businesses by 2020. One supplier told […]

Risk smart meter rollout costs will “escalate” – National Audit Office

A multi-billion pound scheme to get smart energy meters in most British homes is at risk of costs “escalating”. Energy suppliers must replace 53 million meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain with smart electricity and gas meters by 2020. In a review of the Government’s progress on chivvying along the huge project, […]

O2 owner among firms named to run UK smart meter system

A host of firms including the owner of mobile network operator O2 were unveiled today as preferred applicants to run the communications system behind the Government’s smart electricity meter rollout. The nation has been divided into three regions for the installation of 53million smart meters across the country by 2020: the North, South and Central. […]

Labour peer heads new body explaining smart meter rollout to public

The Labour peer Baroness Margaret McDonagh will be the chairman of a new body tasked with helping the public understand smart meters. UK energy suppliers are carrying out a smart meter rollout of 53million meters to homes and businesses. The Government recently pushed back the deadline by a year to 2020 after complaints were raised […]