Smart meter bill clears second reading but parliament flags problems

Smart meter draft bill highlights how 2020 deadline will be missed, MPs claim as it moves to committee scrutiny

Install rates must rise from 350,000 a month to 1.25m a month to hit 2020 deadline. Photograph: Pilens/123RFSmart meters will continue to fall under the jurisdiction of the energy minister for another five years under the draft Smart Meters Bill.

The bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons on 24 October. 

The purpose of it is two-fold: to extend energy secretary Greg Clark’s powers over smart meters under the Energy Act 2008 from November 2018 to November 2023, and to guarantee the longevity of the Data Communications Company (DCC) through a special administration regime mirroring that used in the postal service.

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