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. 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. More than 11 million smart meters have now been installed. 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 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.
By 2020, every home in Great Britain will have the chance to use smart meter technology to see exactly how much energy they're using, and what it's costing.
In addition to these immediate benefits, the rollout will lay the foundation for the upgrade our energy infrastructure urgently needs. Without smart meters we would lack a truly smart energy network able to cope with, and balance, increased demand for energy while keeping the lights on across Great Britain.