Smart Metering has been almost smothered at birth by both the UK Energy Establishment of the old BERR and Ofgem. None of them wanted to actually save money by not spending it, and if people started NOT spending money, where would it all end in the consume everything that moves culture? Actually having tools to know how much energy businesses and users use should help them to save it. The greatest energy savings come from not acting.
But BERR is no more and the world is changing, albeit at the pre-global warming glacial stage that signifies British life. Ofgem is in deep doo-doo at last and few can take their deathbed conversion to removal of market abuses seriously.
The new guys are the Department of Energy and Climate Change, who are actually interested in doing something useful about both. A sign is that the news that smart meters are to be launched comes from technology sites.
Major telecoms and technology firms are beginning discussions in order to prepare for a run on the British smart meters contracts that is sure to worth billions of pounds. Telecoms BT, O2, and Vodafone along with systems developers Accenture, Logica, IBM, and Capgemini have begun talks that are expected to result in a bidding consortium
The piece goes on to say that the government has decided to go ahead, with implementation from 2010 and a tender from next year.
Allegedly the meters will cost £15 per year. Quite a bit less that the £47 per year that Ofgem was predicting as too expensive only last year.