- A Week in Smart Metering

Is the year 2020 still an unrealistic goal for the UK's smart metering rollout?
Published: Thu 02 Apr 2015

Don't drag us back to the 'dark days' of analogue metering came the appeal from Smart Meters GB this week in the face of criticism of the UK's smart meter rollout from the Institute of Directors, writes Rose Bundock, editor of 

The IoD, the professional body that holds clout in British business circles, warned that the UK's mandated national rollout could be “an IT disaster”.

The response from Sacha Deshmukh, the chief executive for Smart Meters GB, the body set up to sell smart meters to the British public, was suitably tart and with good reason.

The criticism is a further undermining of the government's plan to reform the electricity grid.

But maybe the voice of the British corporate world has a point. 

Is the 2020 too unrealistic a deadline for such a step-change to the way energy companies and consumers measure electricity and gas usage? Is it better to readjust the targets and "scale back" the rollout, as suggested by the IoD?

Or is this just the way the British approach change - by showing zero confidence in the build-up to a big event then feeling puffed up and proud when the country pulls it off?

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