Rudd reaffirms smart meter target
The government has pledged to ensure that smart meters are rolled out to 53mn homes across the country by the end of the decade. DECC published its response to the provisional findings of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) investigation into the sector on Sunday 2 August. Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd said she was pleased by the CMA’s recognition of the central role that smart meters could play in promoting engagement in the energy markets, and that suppliers would need to maintain their focus on delivering the roll-out by 2020. She also highlighted the importance of half-hourly settlement in facilitating greater innovation; the government will shortly bring forward proposals for legislative scrutiny that will give Ofgem powers to deliver settlement reform more quickly.