Measures to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters have been introduced to parliament in the Smart Meters Bill today (Wednesday 18 October).
Every home and small business in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020, saving consumers billions of pounds over the course of this vital national infrastructure upgrade.
The Bill, first announced in the Queens Speech, will enable the government to continue to regulate the roll-out of smart meters up to completion at the end of 2020.
It will also help the government to act on the results of any findings made after 2020 that could improve the experience for consumers and small businesses.
The legislation will also ensure consumers are protected in the unlikely event that the company running the national smart meters communications infrastructure, currently the Smart Data and Communications Company, were to become insolvent.
This will bring the programme in line with other utilities such as water and energy network companies.
Energy Minister Richard Harrington said:
The roll-out of smart meters continues at pace with almost 7.7 million already operating in Great Britain and nearly 350,000 being installed every month, bringing an end to estimated bills and helping people to save energy and money.
Every home and small business will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020. The Bill published today will ensure consumers continue to get the most from their smart meters once installed, during and beyond the roll-out.