Smart metering policy needs clearer evidence base

The government’s smart metering policy evidence base and its communications strategy have been criticised by select committee MPs

Smart meter roll-out policy needs to be better linked to evidence of benefits and impacts, say MPs. Photograph: Richard Abplanalp/123RF

The government needs to show its £10.9bn smart meter roll-out programme is based on robust evidence and to communicate its benefits more clearly, a select committee has concluded.

The report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, published on 26 September, was one of the first prepared under a new ‘evidence check’ system introduced for select committees.

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