Smart meter stats show suppliers will need to install at an “increasingly unrealistic pace”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to the latest Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) quarterly smart meter statistics.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“Today’s figures show that in order to meet the 2020 deadline suppliers will have to install smart meters at an increasingly unrealistic pace. We are concerned that the compressed timeline could lead to a poor customer experience, which risks undermining people’s faith in what is an important technology”.
“We want smart technology to work for consumers. Extending the deadline to 2023 will allow more time for problems that consumers are already experiencing to be fixed. This would allow suppliers to rollout the remaining meters at a pace that delivers the best possible consumer experience”.
Recent analysis by energy consultancy Cornwall Insight highlights how the rate of smart meter installations has never been high enough to meet the 2020 rollout deadline. But extending the deadline to 2023 could make significant difference.
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