Centrica highlights need for smart meter clarity
Tuesday 28th February 2012
Friday Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, announced that it would be holding back it’s full scale roll out of smart
meters until the Government makes it
plans for the new meters clearer. Given
that British Gas has already supplied 400,000 smart meters for homes and
businesses this is not a move that should be overlooked by the Government.
company said in a statement that it “await[s] confirmation from [the]
Government of the smart meter national implementation programme, and from the
regulator regarding its plans for Retail Market Reform, before we proceed to
full scale roll out.”
has highlighted a concern that is shared by its competitors and that is hampering
many of the big energy projects currently underway - a lack of clarity from
Whitehall, both about benefits realisation and roll out specifics.
this lack of clarity may be a concern for the energy industry, it is
potentially even more damaging for consumers, who are still facing spiralling
energy prices, with very little to empower them to make those behavioural
changes that will reduce household bills and help the Government meet its
a more positive note, the final smart meter specifications are expected to be
agreed soon. We can only hope that they
will be accompanied by a detailed programme outlining how the energy industry
and consumers alike will benefit from the roll out, and
perhaps more importantly a clear strategy for engaging consumers during the
smart meter foundation years up to 2014.
recent reservations, smart meters are still the technology that has the best potential
to change how we use energy in the long term – but as Centrica has highlighted,
the energy industry needs a clear vision to rally behind in the short term.
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