The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched a consultation on the smart meter roll-out on Thursday 31 May. The consultation is seeking views on the proposals for monitoring suppliers' plans and progress to date on rolling out smart meters to domestic and non-domestic sites. It provides an overview of the proposed type, volume, and frequency of data required from energy suppliers, and includes draft licence conditions. The government's strategy for monitoring and evaluating the roll-out of smart meters is also attached to the document. The consultation closes on 27 July.
The previous day the government published its research into public attitudes towards smart meters. The research said the impetus to save money had been a key motive in acquiring in-home displays (IHDs) and smart meters, and was thought to be a key component in bringing about behaviour change. Those consumers who had been more active in acquiring their smart meters and IHDs were more systematic in using it to understand how they spent more money on their energy consumption.