A number of senior civil servants have privately characterised the rollout of smart meters in to people’s homes as merely a test run, as more details about issues surrounding the £13bn plan emerge. Calling the installation of next generation SMETS2 meters a “beta programme”, these civil servants say that installing nearly 53 million meters across Britain by 2024 is too ambitious, and is simply being used as a trial run before the system can be perfected. The UK’s decade-long plan to link millions of homes and businesses directly to a central database via a smart meter has already suffered several setbacks and cost overruns. Most notable was the botched rollout of first generation smart meters that were later found to be unusable once a household switched to a different energy supplier.
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