Smart meters are due to be rolled out to homes and businesses across the UK between 2014 and 2019, with the costs of roll-out being passed on to consumers in their bills. DECC estimates that smart metering will bring a net benefit of £6.7 billion, with projected benefits including more efficient network management, accurate bills, energy and carbon savings, bill savings for consumers, and faster switching between suppliers. However, concerns have been raised about various aspects of roll-out, including cost, timescale, data protection, privacy and the extent to which consumers will really benefit.
This inquiry explores DECC’s preparations for roll-out and some of the concerns that have been raised.
Parliament TV: Watch the evidence session about smart meter roll-out