- A Week In Smart Metering thinks the UK has been doing a good job of introducing smart meters to the British public in a softly-softly manner.
Published: Thu 18 Sep 2014

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Although smart meters are mandatory in the UK, energy companies are trying to persuade consumers to embrace them by highlighting the benefits and cost savings of the new technology. British Gas is mid-way through a four-week Smart Meter Challenge, a publicity campaign to show how in-home displays can cut energy use and costs. [British Gas Smart Meter Challenge: week two’s results are in]

But then came the curve ball last week from the UK’s Public Accounts Committee, a group of MPs that oversee public spending. The committee’s review of preparations for the national rollout by 2020 suggested that UK energy customers will receive just a 2 per cent saving on bills for an investment in a smart meter of £215 per household. [Smart meters UK: gov report deals a heavy blow to rollout]

The findings make for cautionary reading for any other country on the verge of a national smart meter deployment and threaten the public trust in smart metering technology.

The global smart meter market, however, keeps turning and this week, we see how smart meters are proving their worth in customer behaviour programmes and playing their role in a smarter energy future.

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