Cadent Foundation director Julia Dwyer sets out a model for maximising the impact of innovation targeted at tackling fuel poverty. Partnership, flexibility and an ability to look beyond regulated needs codes are its key hallmarks.
The challenge of scaling up the smart meter roll-out is shared across gas, water and electricity companies. As the panel debate and workshop at the Utility Week Live Summit discussed, smart meters prepare consumers for the changes to come on the net zero journey. But is there are also a case for using the energy sector's new dual band communications network for smart water meters too? Read on to hear more about delegates' views.
Portsmouth has begun a smart meter trial ahead of a wider rollout during AMP8. Water efficiency manager Lianne Riggs told Utility Week customers are less interested in saving money because bills are low but environmental messages do resonate.
Ofwat has named smart networks as an area of focus for the next AMP cycle to bring step change in water companies' service. Engineering and analysis experts from Enzen talk to Utility Week about the advantages data could bring
Arthur Mitchell, engagement manager at PwC's Strategy& division, considers how water companies can support customers through this difficult time while balancing the sustainability impacts of increased consumption during lockdown.
Mandating businesses to have smart meters installed would “make sense” considering recent changes to the rollout, an industry expert has said. Matthew Roderick, founder and chief executive of digital services company n3rgy, was speaking in response to an article on the forthcoming Energy White Paper in which Utility Week revealed that suppliers are expected to be given more scope to push the installation of smart meters, particularly in non-domestic settings.
Smart meters will not be mandated in the forthcoming installations framework, except in "very specific" circumstances, the government has said. BEIS said it considers consumer choice to be “fundamental” in a successful rollout.
Drax Group and the Data Communications Company (DCC) have announced they are trialling a smart meter for use within larger businesses. The new technology will allow organisations with larger and more complex electricity supplies, such as schools or NHS trusts to join the DCC’s network.
A number of energy suppliers are beginning to restart the smart meter rollout, more than two months after it was halted. Retailers are ensuring they adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and some have said they will not install devices in the homes of high-risk customers. Utility Week examines the different approaches key companies are taking.