Evidence Check: Smart metering of electricity and gas Contents


Terms of Reference


1 The Evidence Check process

The Institute for Government’s Evidence Transparency Framework

The smart metering evidence check and our subsequent inquiry

What is smart metering?

The smart meter rollout

The Government’s Evidence Check statement

2 Consumer behaviour: what mileage in meters?

The use of behavioural science

Feedback as the mechanism for behavioural change

Changes in engagement with IHDs over time

Maximising engagement

Reducing energy consumption: sources of evidence

3 Changing when energy is used

The impact of ToU: sources of evidence

Smoothing energy demand

4 The balance between consumer and national benefits

Benefits to the individual and the supplier

Benefits of optimising electricity generation and network management

Future benefits: smart grids, electric vehicles and smart charging

The balance of benefits

5 Technical, security, and privacy issues


Data granularity

Reliance on the 2G mobile network

Smart meter security

Big data and privacy

6 Conclusions

Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: The Government’s smart metering evidence check statement

Appendix 2: The Institute for Government’s evidence transparency framework

Appendix 3: Written evidence submitted by the Government on smart meter security

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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16 September 2016