A new smart meter regulatory framework beyond 2020 and consultation on future coordinated consumer engagement

19 June 2020

Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued its response to the consultation on a post 2020 policy framework.

Government has confirmed that it will introduce a new regulatory framework for the next phase of the rollout. This will set clear, defined outcomes for all energy suppliers to deliver a market-wide rollout of smart metering as soon as practicable. However, in light of the significant impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Government has also confirmed a six-month extension to the existing ‘all reasonable steps’ obligation to 30 June 2021.

The response also sets out policy measures the Government is pursuing now alongside further consideration of other areas where Government can proactively support the uptake of smart metering, and confirms the continuation of Smart Energy GB as the body responsible for leading coordinated consumer engagement activities on behalf of energy suppliers.

BEIS is therefore consulting on a number of proposals to update Smart Energy GB’s objectives, strengthen its governance framework and revise its funding model, to focus on supporting the next phase of the rollout. The consultation on future coordinated consumer engagement closes at 4pm on Thursday 13 August 2020.

How can I respond to this consultation?

Please send your responses or any enquiries to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.