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The smart meter project has come under increasing scrutiny, with the deadline to offer one to every home just over a year away. All eyes are now on the new government's approach to the project and when a new deadline is likely to be set.

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Smart meters could be used to monitor energy usage patterns to help the most vulnerable continue to live safely in their homes, a new study has found. Smart Energy GB’s Smart Future of Healthcare report, which was conducted by independent thinktank 2020health, found smart meters could be used to monitor consumer behaviour for signs of deviation, which may indicate there is a problem.
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Smart metering company Calisen been awarded preferred bidder status on a portfolio of 1.3 million units. This takes its total pipeline for 2025 to 13.2 million smart meters.
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Octopus Energy Group is continuing its growth with the purchase of Manchester-based tech firm Upside Energy. The company, which includes Octopus Energy, Octopus Energy for Business, Octopus Electric Vehicles and Kraken Technologies, will use the acquisition to help with the establishment of its energy innovation centre.
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Utility Week catches up with Adam Scorer, chief executive of NEA, who believes Covid presents a “massive opportunity” to highlight both the fuel poverty and decarbonisation agendas and gives his thoughts on why a shared priority service register would be a major benefit to consumers.
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Building consumer trust in the energy sector, as well as using technology to drive forward change, will be key components of the energy transition, industry observers have stressed. Speaking during a panel discussion at the annual Energy UK conference, industry leaders discussed the future of energy retail markets following the pandemic.
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Challenges thrown up by the pandemic should “supercharge” the focus of the smart meter rollout towards prepayment meter (PPM) customers, the chief executive of National Energy Action has said. Adam Scorer told Utility Week smart meters are the precondition for addressing one of the most “egregious market failures in energy”.
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Landis+Gyr has renewed its partnership with Calvin Capital in a deal it says will reduce the challenges faced by smaller energy suppliers in procuring smart meters. Under the new deal Landis+Gyr will provide SMETS2 smart meters to challenger energy brands which use Calvin Capital as their meter asset provider (MAP).
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Six months into the pandemic and EDF Energy has had plenty of time to understand its impact on both its business and consumers. Managing director Philippe Commaret catches up with Utility Week and explains how his fears about the impact on the smart meter rollout have dissipated, how energy consumption patterns bode well for home workers and how a new service is helping customers with a smart meter better understand their usage.
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In our latest review of sector coverage across the national newspapers, the deadline to upgrade millions of first-generation smart meters has been “quietly” extended by a year. Elsewhere EDF is set for a showdown with the Treasury over state funding for nuclear power stations. And The Times issues a plea for information about business secretary Alok Sharma, missing since March.
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As networks prepare for a big surge in demand from electric vehicles in the coming years, Utility Week explores SSEN’s controversial proposals to use smart meters to disconnect home chargers and other low-carbon technologies if they are at risk of overloading the local infrastructure.
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