23rd September 2019 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

The government has launched a consultation to decide how business smart meters will be rolled-out beyond December 2020.

The Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has begun a consultation in regards to policy framework for the installation of smart meters beyond the current rollout duty which ends after the 31st of December 2020.

The consultation will assess proposals which include amendments to the Smart Energy Code (SEC) and alterations to Data Communications Company (DCC) service charges. It will also look at ways to maintain consumer benefits and what policy changes will be required to work alongside the amended post-2020 framework.

In addition, the BEIS is also seeking proposals to look at how consumer engagement activities are co-ordinated beyond 2020 with the aim of increasing the number of smart meters installed in homes and small businesses.

The Delivering a Smart System document can be found here.

Smart meters are an important upgrade to the UK energy system to help improve flexibility and reliability. Smart meters can also play a major role in decarbonising the country to help meet the government’s aim of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

At present, almost 15 million smart meters are installed at homes and businesses in the UK, enabling suppliers to launch new products and services, including smart tariffs which help customers save money by using energy at different times of the day.

If you would like to learn more about how a smart meter can save your business money then get in touch with Apollo Energy by calling us on 01257 239500, or by filling out the call back form here.