NAPIT Says Smart Meter Delay “Could Have Been Avoided”

The start of upgrading 53 million households’ meters to new “smart” energy meters has been delayed from 2014 to 2015, on the request of the six largest energy companies in the UK, who have been charged with the task or carrying out the initiative.

This could hold back awareness of energy efficiency in households, damage the sustainable energy industry and, according to NAPIT, could have been avoided.

Speaking about the smart meter roll-out , Secretary Of State For Energy And Climate Change, Ed Davey, said: “The roll-out of smart gas and electricity meters is expected to deliver significant economic benefits and, more widely, to improve the consumer experience and engagement with the energy market, for example by making switching between suppliers quicker and easier.

The consistent message was that more time was needed if the mass roll-out was to get off to the best possible start and ensure a quality experience for consumers. We therefore now expect suppliers to be ready to start their full scale roll-out by autumn 2015.”

Frank Bertie, NAPIT’s Trade Association Chairman, said: “Now the roll-out has been further delayed, it could significantly affect consumers who will not be able to take advantage of sustainable energy measures when they should be doing, to save themselves money. The industry will lose out on this market and at a time when the Government are promoting energy efficiency through their flag ship Green Deal.

This could have been avoided, as registered installers of a gas or electrical Competent Person Scheme could have significantly aided the roll-out of smart meters and are still available to assist within the timeframe.”

NAPIT operate a Government approved Competent Person Scheme and UKAS-accredited MCS and Green Deal Certification Schemes, for installers working within the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and renewable energy industries.

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