Millions of smart meters might have to be ripped as they don’t support supplier switching
Close to four million smart meters already deployed in customers’ homes may need to be ripped out and replaced as they won’t support a supplier switch, a recent media investigation has been able to reveal.
The Government has promised to launch a new system to fix the problem so that all customers can switch provider without issue, but it has been repeatedly delayed. And now, an official report has claimed that their plan may not work for all of the meters affected.
Main problem here is that there are two types of meters — Smets1 and Smets2. The older smart meter version, Smets1, typically stops working when customers change provider because different firms are using different technology which is not always compatible.
This forces customers to choose between switching to a cheaper deal and losing the benefits of their smart meter, or remaining on a more expensive tariff.
The more advanced Smets2, on the other hand, will allow you to switch supplier without any issues. Suppliers were supposed to begin installing the newer version in 2014, but a series of delays meant they did not begin until 2017.
As a result, providers have ended up fitting a total of 12.5 million of the older style meters.
The government has promised a solution to this issues, but the new Smart Data Communications Company (Smart DCC) service has been repeatedly delayed. The latest start date is May 2019, but ‘there is risk of further delay’, according to an official report by the spending watchdog.
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