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Energy networks comment on misleading smart metering claims

18 September 2020

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Peter Kocen

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Articles published today claiming that smart metering will lead to disconnections are inaccurate and misrepresent the measures energy networks have in place to ensure security of supply.

Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: 

“Networks are there to keep Britain’s energy flowing and are doing exactly that. The proposed modification makes it clear that this would only take place as a last-resort contingency measure and only with the consent of the customer, taking place where new, innovative and flexible solutions have not been able to protect the whole network. The claims that have been made are irresponsible and misleading and may hinder the move to smart meters which is vital to achieving net zero emissions.”

Notes to editors

The EV Energy Taskforce’s report from January 2020, informed by industry and local stakeholder collaboration, made a range of recommendations including a proposal highlighting the need for governance arrangements for the use of emergency charge limitations.

About Energy Networks Association

We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

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Press contacts

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]