Stockley Park, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — April 12, 2012 – British Gas has begun rolling out what it claims to be “the world’s most advanced smart meter” into customers’ homes in Britain.
The new meter was developed by Landis+Gyr and comes with a “stylish touch screen display” showing households how much energy they are using. The associated communications hub and management software were developed by Trilliant.
British Gas has rolled out more than 400,000 smart meters in homes and businesses so far – the largest number of any British supplier. However, some of these smart meters – no number has been specified – will need to be replaced as they don’t comply with the government’s national specifications.
“We want people to understand the energy they use and make informed choices about when to use it and how to save it,” said Dean Keeling, managing director of British Gas Smart Homes. “These new smart meters will help customers do this.”
British Gas has also recently submitted a request to the regulator Ofgem to increase the meter inspection period under the current supply license conditions from two years to five years, except for vulnerable customers for whom the two-year inspection frequency would be maintained. Such a change would increase the efficiencies of meter inspections and remove a greater level of safety risk while maintaining the current level of customer protection, British Gas considers.
The request is currently under a consultation, in which Ofgem also proposes to undertake a wider review of the meter safety inspections obligations within the context of smart metering.