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Detail of outcome
Government aims to lay the licence changes before Parliament in May 2019, and the licence changes should come into force in summer 2019.
In accordance with the licence conditions, Smart Energy GB would then be required to develop a non-domestic Consumer Engagement Plan and Performance Management Framework within 3 months of the changes coming into force (autumn 2019).
That engagement plan should complement BEIS’s continuing programme of work with the non-domestic sector. To that end BEIS will continue to work closely with Smart Energy GB, energy suppliers, consumer bodies and others throughout 2019 and 2020.
Detail of feedback received
The consultation received 31 responses from a wide variety of stakeholders including energy suppliers, trade associations and consumer groups.
On the core proposal of whether to extend Smart Energy GB’s remit to microbusinesses, the responses were evenly split:
- half supported the proposal (including consumer groups and energy management technology companies)
- half preferred either no action, or a different solution (this group included the large energy suppliers)
It remains our view that there is benefit to a centralised campaign to encourage energy saving behaviour and an understanding of smart meters amongst microbusinesses, alongside the suppliers’ campaigns. We therefore propose to go ahead with the changes to Smart Energy GB’s remit in relation to microbusinesses.
The government response contains more details of responses to the supplementary consultation questions.
This consultation seeks stakeholders’ views on 2 non-domestic smart metering policy proposals:
- proposed changes to Licence Conditions intended to raise awareness in microbusinesses around the smart metering programme
- possible changes to licence conditions on access to non-domestic consumers’ energy consumption data
The additional documents on this page set out the proposed changes to the legal text.