A fifth of households in the UK are expected to be fitted with smart energy meters that may not work if they switch supplier in a further setback to the £11 billion scheme. Energy companies are unable to install sophisticated “Smets2” gas and electricity meters that can be switched reliably because a central IT and communications system they require is more than a year late. As a result, they are being forced to continue installing the more basic “Smets1” meters. These are now forecast to be installed in six million homes – far more than originally planned – before the new technology can be rolled out to remaining households. About three million homes already have the basic meters and companies are installing thousands more every day, despite fears that they are more expensive, less secure and could stop families saving money by switching.
Times 13th March 2017 read more »