Smart meter success ‘depends on further Government action’
The Government needs to do more in the regulation and standardisation of smart meters and the data they produce if they are to drive the uptake of energy efficiency across the non-domestic sector. This is according to a new report from The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), produced in conjunction with sustainability consultants Acclaro Advisory, writes Energyzine.
‘Working Smarter: Realising the potential of smart meters in business’ details the industry-led research into the use of smart meter data to drive behaviour change in the non-domestic sector.
The report was published in the wake of a similar release from the National Audit Office which concluded that the business case for rolling out new smart metering for energy consumption and billing “remains positive”, but the Government must pave the way for passing responsibility to industry.
The research – which included an industry-wide survey, a series of workshops, and more in-depth one-to-one interviews – found that by using smart meter data to inform a behaviour change programme, it is possible to maximise the energy efficiency outputs of metering. Success will require the engagement of both businesses and Government, and the report sets out a set of recommendations for what this should look like.