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We invited stakeholders views on options to provide energy suppliers with flexibility around the SMETS1 end date in the Operational Transition of Smart Meters Consultation. The government response to this consultation confirms the decision to introduce a process for energy suppliers to apply for operational flexibility to mitigate their SMETS2 transition risks.
Detail of feedback received
We received 43 responses to this consultation with the majority supporting the government’s proposed approach.
The SMETS1 end date is the date after which new installations of SMETS1 meters will not count toward energy suppliers’ rollout obligations. It is currently set at 13 July 2018.
The SMETS1 end date is intended to support and incentivise an efficient transition to SMETS2 meters. For suppliers with significant SMETS1 rollouts already underway, we recognise that despite detailed planning, a smooth transition to installing exclusively SMETS2 meters at scale may take time.
This would potentially create a temporary reduction in the rollout and / or result in additional costs for suppliers’ after the end date.
In recognition of this, we are consulting on policy options designed to provide additional flexibility to install a limited number of SMETS1 meters for a limited time period after the SMETS1 end date.
Government’s preferred option would be a derogation that would be available to suppliers who meet a set of eligibility and evidence criteria, set out in our consultation document.