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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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Covid-19 had a “significant effect” on smart electricity meter installations in 2020, data from Electralink’s data transfer service team has found. In total, just under two million were installed across the 12 months, which is down 27 per cent on 2019 and the lowest number since 2016.
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Ofgem has proposed delaying an increase in the amount the Data Communications Company will be penalised by if it fails to hit performance targets. The regulator instead wants to see the different incentives put to trial before being properly implemented.
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Smart meter installations will still be allowed to continue despite the new national lockdown, the government has confirmed. Under previous restrictions, suppliers were only allowed to install the devices under exceptional circumstances, such as to ensure customers remained on supply.
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As the industry nears the original smart meter rollout end date of 31 December 2020, Utility Week speaks to observers from across the sector for their views on the missed deadline and whether the 2025 goal may suffer the same fate.
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Ovo Energy has launched a trial which will link a customer's smart meter to a smart thermostat in what it claims is an industry first. A small group of customers have been offered a tado smart thermostat linked to their smart meter and able to extrapolate data to provide bespoke advice through the supplier’s My Ovo app.
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Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Ovo’s smart technology arm Kaluza, discusses the company’s direct-to-car smart charging trial with Bosch, why some networks are easier to deal with than others, and how it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand flexibility in heating.  
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Installations of second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters held up strongly during the second English lockdown, figures from the Data Communications Company (DCC) reveal. The DCC says the huge disparity in the installation rates demonstrates how successfully energy companies, distribution network operators and installation engineers have adapted their working practices since mid-summer, to enable installations to continue safely in homes.
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Misinformation and myths surrounding smart meters are hindering the rollout, Eon Energy’s head of transformation has said. Simon Duncan discussed the operational challenges his company is facing during the rollout, including combatting fake news.
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Ofgem is to extend protections for prepayment meter (PPM) customers who have had their meter installed under warrant, reflecting the extended smart meter rollout deadline.
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Utilita chief executive Bill Bullen has hit back after the energy regulator announced it was considering issuing the supplier with a final order over its failure to install SMETS2 smart meters. Ofgem said it was consulting on an order compelling Utilita to install 15,000 SMETS2 meters by 31 July next year.
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