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.
Ofgem sets the standards and enforces them
The energy regulator Ofgem is responsible for making sure consumers are protected during the foundation stage, installation stage and far beyond it. They'll ensure that the energy suppliers stick to the standards set out in the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICOP).
They are also responsible for the governance of the Smart Energy Code which the Data Communications Company, the energy suppliers and the network operators have signed up to.
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.