Energy Suppliers Install Almost Five Million Smart Meters At Risk Of ‘Going Dumb’



By Sam Meadows in The Telegraph.


Energy firms last year installed almost five million smart meters vulnerable to “going dumb” ahead of a looming deadline to switch to updated devices, figures reveal.

Latest government statistics on installations of the meters, which aim to help households control energy usage by displaying real-time costs in pounds and pence, show that suppliers installed 4.7million in 2018, up 150,000 from the previous year.

The overwhelming majority were first-generation models, of which more than half lose their smart functions, or “go dumb”, when switching supplier.

A deadline of March 15 was set for energy firms to move to installing secondgeneration meters, which are capable of retaining their functions after a change of supplier.


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