Consultation on large supplier smart meter roll-out plans and annual milestones, with draft legal direction

Publication date
4th January 2017
Closing date
15th February 2017
Policy areas
Status

This open letter sets out our proposed amendments to the framework for regulating large energy suppliers with respect to their smart meter roll-out plans, and the setting of annual milestones. We invite your views on our proposals in this letter, in particular on these proposed amendments, the effect of which can be summarised as follows:

  • Suppliers will be required to submit a revised roll-out plan with revised annual milestones in January 2018 where new evidence exists that will or could have a material effect on previously submitted annual milestones or the assumed completion rate; and
  • Clarify the link between the revised roll-out plans and the obligation in the supply licences to take all reasonable steps to complete the smart meter roll-out (the “2020 roll-out obligation”).

Our proposed amendments recognise that suppliers will develop their approach to the installation of smart meters as the programme progresses. These amendments would create a framework that prompts suppliers to keep their plans under review, maintaining appropriately challenging annual milestones, and ensuring that any revisions are made with a view to completing the 2020 roll-out obligation.

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