By Paul Homewood
For the first time major energy suppliers have admitted that some of the 8 million “first generation” smart meters fitted in households are incompatible with a new nation al communications network, which links their systems to the devices.
A row has broken out after the government last night denied that the meters would need to be replaced.
Estimates show a worst case scenario in which every smart meter has to be replaced would add as much as £100 to every UK household’s energy bill, although sources said this was unlikely.
Meters not connected to the system “go dumb” when consumers switch energy suppliers to get a better deal, meaning they are no better than traditional meters as customers have to rely on estimated bills.
Under the Government’s £11bn smart meter programme every household in the UK will have been offered a device by 2020. Energy…
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