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Smart Meters

Smart Meters

Smart Meters

Smart meters are a vital upgrade to Great Britain’s energy system. The way we measure and pay for gas and electricity hasn’t kept up to speed with improvements across almost every other area of our lives. Smart meters will enable a more efficient, greener, smarter energy system. They will also lay the foundations for smart grids, which are a whole new way of running our energy networks.

A smart meter is a gas or electricity meter that works by sending meter readings to your supplier. This is via a secure national network which is only for smart meters. This works in the same way as other wireless systems like car remote keys or TVs, using radio waves. It is necessary to have separate smart meters for gas and electricity. Once your meters are connected you don’t need to send meter readings manually and you’ll receive accurate bills. This means you’ll only pay for the energy you use.

Government Input

The Government plays an important enabling role, working closely with interested parties including the energy industry, Ofgem and consumer groupsHowever, it is energy suppliers who are responsible for rolling out smart meters in line with their licence obligations.

In 2018, the Government finalised a number of smart metering policy measures for the smaller non-domestic sector. These are designed to give smaller businesses access to the full benefits of smart meters, while at the same time recognising the diverse nature of these energy users and the need for proportionate regulation of energy suppliers and other companies supporting energy provision to this sector.

Advanced meters (AMR) and Half-Hourly (HH) meters are also rolling out in the non-domestic sector. These meters are able to provide half-hourly electricity and hourly gas data. This data can be remotely accessed by an energy supplier and the consumer can have timely access.

Energy suppliers must ensure that consumers have timely access to their half-hourly electricity data and hourly gas consumption data on requestAccess to this data means consumers can analyse their energy usage trends and identify potential areas for reducing their energy consumption.

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