Panel discussion on the smart meter rollout

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 19 November 2018
Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) , Institution of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, SW1H 9JJ, United Kingdom

This event brings together a panel of experts and key stakeholders involved in the smart meter rollout to examine the progress that has been made to date, and to explore how the smart meter rollout  might be accelerated. We will hear a variety of perspectives and offer a stimulating discussion about the future of smart meters in the United Kingdom.

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10:00 – 10:30     Arrival & Refreshments

10:30 – 10:40     Introduction by Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director, Sussex Energy Group

10:40 – 10:50     Presentation by Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications Wales, Smart Energy GB

10:50 – 11:00     Presentation by Chris Harris, Head of Regulation, Npower

11:00 – 11:10     Presentation by David Weatherall, Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

11:10 – 11:20    Presentation by Colin Griffiths, Policy Manager – Smart Metering & Smart Homes, Citizens Advice

11:20 – 12:00     Audience Q&A and discussion

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00     End of event


Smart meters can help users better manage their energy consumption by giving them real time information on their energy use. Not only can they help customers save money, they can also reduce energy demand, and thus carbon emissions Gas and electricity suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland are required to take all reasonable steps to roll out smart meters to all domestic and small business customers by the end of 2020.

However, the rollout has been hit by delays and rising costs and there are growing worries that the rollout will not meet the deadline of 2020.

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) at the University of Sussex carried out a three year research project on the rollout of smart meters in Great Britain. The project investigated how their diffusion can be accelerated, what the visions and expectations of different actors have been around the rollout, and how these have been embedded in policy.