Installations have only just passed the 13 million mark – a long way from the 53 million there would be if every household and business had one. Embarrassingly, about 940,000 have lost their smart functionality after people switched supplier – meaning consumers once again have to manually submit readings. The figures prompted the consumer group Citizens Advice, which recently called for the 2020 deadline to be delayed to 2023, to declare that energy suppliers would have to work at an “increasingly unrealistic pace” to complete the rollout. However, advocates argue that, far from coming off the rails, the project is actually, finally, coming of age. This was meant to be the year that most of the programme’s problems were fixed by energy suppliers switching from fitting first-generation meters, known as Smets1, to second-generation Smets2 units. Technical problems with the newer ones have meant the government has had to repeatedly push back the cut-off date for installing Smets1 meters. However, those problems appear to have finally been solved. The Observer can reveal there are now more than 30,000 Smets2 meters installed in homes and businesses across the country – a rapid acceleration from a total of just 1,000 in June. About 1,000 are now being fitted each day.
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