Government launches new consultation on smart energy metering for the business sector

The UK government has launched a new consultation on smart metering policy proposals in an effort to improve the benefits of the technology for small and microbusinesses, a recent news report has revealed.

The non-domestic smart meter rollout covers around three million meters in two million premises, the majority of which are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and microbusinesses.

Statistics from BEIS reveal the smart metering rollout could help businesses save around £1.4 billion by 2030.

It says research shows although SMEs and microbusinesses are interested in saving money, they are likely to see energy as a “background” part of running their business – energy is not something they devote much time to when looking to make significant cost savings unless their energy use is sufficiently high that it forms a significant part of their outgoings, it suggests.

The consultation, which will run until 21st February 2019, proposes two policy changes focused on the smaller end of the non-domestic market, which is not covered by some of the protections available to households, yet not big enough to benefit from some of the brokerage services and deals that more energy-intensive businesses use.

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