An £11 billion scheme to install smart meters in every home is running a long way behind schedule, according to figures released yesterday. They show that fewer than 10 per cent of the devices have been installed. By law, Britain’s energy suppliers must put in 53 million new smart meters in homes and businesses by 2020. A government report showed that since the programme began five years ago, only 4.89 million meters have been installed. This means that the companies will have to race to put in a further 48 million smart meters over the next three years – a colossal task that some believe may be impossible because there are not enough skilled engineers to carry out the work safely. Smart meters show in real time how much electricity and gas is being used by households. Supporters claim that the rollout, being ha ndled by energy suppliers such as British Gas, E.ON and EDF Energy, will end estimated billing, encourage greater energy efficiency and lead to lower bills and carbon emissions. An EU directive requires member states to have 80 per cent of households supplied with a smart meter by 2020. Britain has set itself a more ambitious target of 100 per cent.
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