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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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More than 13 million smart meters are now connected to the Data Communications Company’s (DCC) network, the latest figures show. The latest milestone in the smart meter rollout was reached when Octopus Energy installed an electric smart meter in Morecambe in Lancashire.
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Krishnan Kasiviswanathan, chief operating officer at Innowatts, explains why suppliers need the capability to leverage half-hourly smart meter data and discusses the lessons that can be taken from US states such as California and Texas.
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As the official campaign for the smart meter rollout, Smart Energy GB is spearheading the movement to promote the devices among domestic and small business consumers. But how do you engage millions of sceptical consumers? Utility Week speaks to chief executive Dan Brooke who explains there are many lessons to be learned from the way the Leave campaign mobilised mass support during the 2016 referendum.
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A lack of adequate smart energy data for non-domestic consumers is a barrier to the government’s net zero commitments, a consultation has warned. The Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy said the current rules mean non-domestic consumers have a limited ability to engage with their energy use and the benefits provided by smart meters. As such, the department is proposing changes to supply licence conditions.
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More than 8.2 million second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters have now been connected to the Data Communications Company's network, the latest figures show. According to the DCC, the current average daily connection rate for SMETS2 meters is 17,877.
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In a landscape of cut-throat digital competition and diversifying net zero services, could face-to-face sales help energy suppliers differentiate themselves? Download our report to find out more.
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More than 2 million prepayment meter (PPM) energy customers were put at “needless risk” during the pandemic because they did not have a smart meter, a new report has claimed. National Energy Action (NEA) and its Scottish counterpart (EAS) have called for the sector to intervene and prioritise the smart rollout for pay as you go customers. Among its recommendations include the extension of the price cap at least until the end of the rollout and ensuring PPM customers have the right to have a smart meter installed beyond the 2025 deadline.
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The sharing of smart data within and between sectors offers a “valuable opportunity” to help vulnerable consumers, the government has argued in a new report. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it could allow charities and debt advisors to quickly gauge their financial position and provide more personalised guidance.
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As the second anniversary of the vote to implement a net zero emissions by 2050 target fast approaches, Data Communications Company chief executive Angus Flett talks about the crucial need for a smart EV network. Specifically, how a new trial taking place at the DCC’s Manchester testing facility can provide solutions to augment the current approach to EV charging.
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With bad debt risk spiralling for energy providers, and growing economic uncertainty for customers, both groups are seeking new ways to settle their energy bills. In a new technical white paper, Siemens make the case for leveraging two innovative technologies, Managed Credit and Open Banking, to realise a compelling fourth payment option, which strikes a unique balance between credit risk and operational costs.
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