British Gas will be rolling out smart meters to homes and businesses across Britain following the Government announcement that energy suppliers will be responsible for implementing the new technology.
British Gas has the largest smart meter trial in the country with more than 50,000 smart meters installed. The company is poised to begin the roll-out across Britain, and help households and businesses use less energy, cut carbon emissions and save money
The Government’s decision means that British Gas will be able to create a new metering business unit of 2,600 new jobs by 2012. Smart meters will bring an end to estimated bills and the need to take physical, onsite meter readings. They will also pave the way for new technologies for renewable microgeneration and improve the way energy is generated.
The provision of smart metering and energy solutions is a key focus for British Gas Business, as it helps its business customers manage their energy usage and meet regulatory requirements such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.
According to Jeff Whittingham, Head of Energy Services at British Gas Business: “British Gas Business is committed to providing our customers with energy solutions and services to help them cut emissions and put them in control of their energy costs.
“We expect to have 300,000 advanced and smart meters in operation by 2012, and estimate we will reduce carbon emissions in Britain by an estimated 3.2 million tonnes each year. With smart meters and our energy services business we are confident that we can help our customers reduce their fuel bills, and energy consumption by up to 10 per cent.”