Daily Mail

More smart me­ter roll­out de­lays

- m.dil­worth@dai­ly­mail.co.uk Business

LOCK­DOWN has heaped misery on the Government’s smart-me­ter roll­out, as in­stal­la­tions crept up by 0.4 pc in three months.

Only 135,000 smart me­ters were in­stalled be­tween April and June, down from 980,000 in the first three months of the year, according to Government fig­ures.

The drop was ex­pected, as sup­pli­ers fo­cused on emer­gency me­ter­ing work due to the dis­rup­tion caused by the coro­n­avirus. Min­is­ters had aimed to in­stall the gad­gets in all homes and small busi­nesses by 2020, they then pushed the tar­get back to 2024 due to tech­ni­cal is­sues. It was then ex­tended to 2025 after lock­down put work on hold.

Robert Cheesewrig­ht, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate af­fairs at Smart En­ergy GB, says: ‘We expect in­stal­la­tion num­bers to re­bound as re­stric­tions are eased.’

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