Who's doing what?
Fitting smart meters, creating a new wireless communications grid and ensuring everyone gets the benefits. There are a lot of organisations, as well as new regulatory codes and standards. Here’s a brief breakdown of all the responsibilities.
Energy suppliers will supply and fit smart meters
The energy suppliers are responsible for supplying and fitting smart meters. They need to abide by the rules and regulations set out in the Code of Practice (SMICOP), including making sure people know how smart meters work and how to control their data. They also have to make sure that the smart meters they supply meet government standards – the Smart Metering Technical Standards (SMETS).
What is the national smart meter rollout?
By the end of 2020, around 53 million smart meters will be fitted in over 30 million premises (households and businesses) across Wales, Scotland and England. The programme is already underway. There are already 7.7 million smart meters installed in homes and microbusinesses across Great Britain. This is the biggest national infrastructure project in our lifetimes and it will enable a more energy efficient system for Great Britain.
Watch this short film to find out more about the national smart meter rollout.
Why is the smart meter rollout happening?
Most of the gas and electricity meters in our homes were designed decades ago. Right now, most of us in Great Britain have little idea how much energy we're using in our homes, where it's being used or what it's costing us. A third of us don't understand our energy bills.
Smart meters are part of the government's plan to bring our energy system up to date. By 2020, every home in Great Britain will be able to use smart meter technology to see exactly how much energy they're using, and what it's costing in pounds and pence.
In addition to these immediate benefits, the rollout also lays the foundation for Great Britain's move to a lower carbon economy and a secure energy supply.
So we'll be able to work out where we can save energy, cut our bills and do our bit for the environment.