Businesses must upgrade their gas and electricity meters to either an automated (AMR) or smart meter by 2020 as part of the Smart Meter Rollout programme. The upgrade will allow business owners to be more in control of their energy usage, helping the UK work towards a smarter, more efficient and environmentally-friendly energy network.
The UK grid operator has asked for ‘national policy clarity’ in order to support the industry and promote clean growth. The Future of Gas report highlights how gas could be used to provide low carbon heat, transport and industry if clear policies are outlined. It asks for the government to provide direction so gas can “play a crucial role for many decades to come” by decarbonising infrastructure so it can adhere to the nation’s environmental targets.
Experts at EDF predict that non-energy costs are expected to rise by almost 20% in 2018-19, with Contracts for Difference, Renewable Obligation and Capacity Market supplier charges showing the most significant changes.