Welcome to www.BetterMetering.com
"Smart" metering is coming to the UK. But nothing is compatible across energy suppliers. This site will keep you updated on progress.
Letter to Minister in August 2103 warning her not to award the DCC contract (awarded one month later)
Letter to Smart Energy GB June - Don't mislead the public June 2015
Freedom of Information Response - initial DCC contract terms
Facts which government claim are "Myths"
Letter to Energy Select Committee April 2013 detailing why SMIP is going off the rails
BIG Report by MPs "Not So Smart" July 2017
Article in Green Lib Dems Challenge Magazine - Summer 2017
News bites posted on our Facebook Page - catalogue of documents submitted with links below.
There are a number of beneficiaries of smart metering, the main ones being Consumers, Energy Suppliers, Distribution Businesses, Government (to meet E.U. obligations), and 3rd-party Vendors of products and services. The roll-out costs should be met by these parties in proportion to their benefits. Care must be taken to ensure the consumer does not meet all the costs and the supplier does not reap all the benefits. This can only happen with a good working metering market, where the customer (whoever he is) has maximum choice. Energy requirements are changing monthly, and we must ensure technology rolled-out will support UK PLC for generations to come.
We have made a number of responses to consultations from government (DECC, now BEIS), the energy regulator (Ofgem), and the newly appointed national data collector (DCC). We welcome any comments you may have on these responses, and encourage you to communicate your views directly, individually or from your organisation as soon as you can, while decisions are being made.
Interoperability is one of the key factors (making sure you don't pay for a smart meter twice just because supplier's systems are incompatible). Pilot Systems have worked exclusively in solving the problems of meter interoperability over the past 25 years with their revolutionary product CHIRPS, one of the longest surviving commercially available software products in living history.
Article from Utility Week - October 2016
Letter to BEIS - Technology that will solve this £12Bn crisis - September 2016
Letter to Security Committee - Making energy suppliers and their vendors accountable - October 2016 (no reply received as yet)
Evidence to Select Committee - April 2016
Sunday Telegraph Daily Telegraph
IoD Report - Not Too Clever ?
Government Report - Progress or Delay ?
Our ideal specification for a Smart Meter is now emerging - please feel free to review and critique.
This site is hosted by Pilot Systems - Smart Metering for Smarter Business
Please contact Pilot Systems directly for more information about these papers and consultation responses.
Updated July 2018