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Editor: David Keighley
14th November 2012

The UK is about to get smarter about the energy it uses. Announcing the next stage of the Government's planned smart meter roll-out at the recent Smart Metering Forum in London, Energy Minister Baroness Verma said that some 53 million smart meters will be installed in UK businesses and homes by 2019.

And while the Government "recognises that the roll-out poses some challenges", she maintained that the programme will bring about real and substantial benefits to consumers - "which is the heart of the smart meter programme". Government is also to publish new rules for smart meters on privacy and security, while a Central Delivery Body is planned with the aim of building user confidence and understanding.

Meanwhile suppliers are awaiting the announcement of the Government's decisions on the second version of the Smart Meter Technical Specification. This is expected shortly, along with establishment of the new central Data & Communications Company and a smart energy code governing the relationship between the D&CC and its service users.


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David Keighley

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