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The government anticipates that the roll-out of smart meters will play a significant part in Great Britain's (GB’s) transition to a low-carbon economy and the government's ambitions to create an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply chain, as well as being a critical tool in achieving the government's net zero by 2050 target.
Suppliers of electricity and gas are required by their respective licences to take all reasonable steps to roll-out smart meters to all of their domestic and small business customers by 31 December 2020 (now extended, see below) (pursuant to Electricity Supply Licence Standard Condition (ESLC) 39.1 and Gas Supplier Licence Standard Condition (GSLC) 33.1). This involves an estimated 53 million devices, which communicate remotely with energy suppliers, being installed in 30 million homes and small businesses across GB. Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) published an open letter on 1 November 2018, providing guidance on the 'all reasonable steps' requirement and confirming that there is 'no fixed measuring stick' by which the reasonableness of any particular measure at any particular time can be assessed. Any such assessment will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Although there are pre-set milestones each year, the aim is to complete this rollout ASAP. As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government confirmed that the 31 December 2020 deadline would be
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