British execs back smart meter rollout


A further 6% (86%) of business leaders accept and support smart meter rollout as part of the digital upgrade – according findings from a new Smart Energy GB survey.

British business leaders are of the opinion that upgrading the UK’s energy system with smart technology is important to secure the country’s future economic growth prospects.

Further to this, the survey of more than 500 business executives at British firms, found that 83% of business leaders believe Britain’s energy system is in need of a digital upgrade.

According to a release, “despite growing concerns over the cost and timescales of the smart meter scheme, some 86% of those surveyed believe the smart meter rollout is important for the British economy.”

Smart Energy chief executive, Sacha Deshmukh, said: ” This research shows that business leaders across the country recognise the incredible opportunities that re being created by the smart meter rollout and the transformation it brings to our energy system.

“A flexible, digital energy system, with smart meter at its heart, is vital for Britain’s future economic success.”

IoD deems smart meter rollout “unnecessarily complex”

[quote] The survey follows a statement by the Institute of Directors (IoD) expressing their dissatisfaction with the direction of the UK smart meter rollout, saying they believe the scheme to be “unnecessarily complex.”

Additionally, the IoD said that the rollout would effectively cost up to £400 per household ‘through energy bills.’

Says senior energy advisor to the IoD, Dan Lewis: “Now is the right time to review the smart meter programme, which is an overly complex scheme for which the benefits are far from clear. There are much cheaper ways of automating meter readings, increasing switching and monitoring energy use but instead we are pushing ahead with costly technology without consumers having all the facts.

Deshmukh rebutted these statements saying, “Britain’s smart meter programme is putting power back in the hands of consumers, and the Institute of Directors’ (IoD’s) latest statement, which contains inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts, shows them once again attacking the rollout on ideological grounds.

“The IoD has taken a small poll of its members (the number of respondents is not stated) and misrepresented the findings as being reflective of the attitudes of consumers across Great Britain.  In seeking its negative findings, an inaccurate proposition was put into a ‘push poll’, since alongside the investments in this national digital upgrade is many billions more in savings which government has said will be passed back to consumers.  If the IoD had described the rollout accurately by stating the savings as well as the investments, its questions would have drawn a different response.

Deshmukh continued that “smart meters come at no extra cost – exactly as old analogue meters did.  People will not see an additional charge on their bills when they claim their smart meter from their energy supplier.”