Commenting on the news that the Government is to extend the Smart Meter installation deadline to 2024, uSwitch.com Head of Regulation Richard Neudegg said:
“The Government has finally bowed to the inevitable and accepted that the 2020 Smart Meter deadline is impossible to meet. The new 2024 plan – which places more onus on energy companies to meet interim installation milestones along the way – suggests ministers are confident that suppliers are close to cracking the technical problems which have plagued the roll out so far.
“Public confidence in the programme has been badly damaged, but this is now an opportunity to rebuild trust. In particular people want proof that the solution which allows older smart meters to stay smart when a household switches supplier is finally available. If so, it will mean that millions of first generation meters will no longer be at risk of having to be ripped off the walls and replaced – hopefully avoiding considerable inconvenience and further expense for consumers.”