Commenting on proposals to equip every home and small business with smart meters, Gareth Elliott, Senior Policy Adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“We welcome the government’s proposals to extend smart metering to SMEs. For far too long businesses have faced an unequal relationship with their suppliers based on confusing and complicated pricing structures and contract terms.  

“Smart meters will go a long way to empower businesses to take control of their energy usage and assist them in becoming more energy efficient. They will also offer a level of transparency that up to now has simply not been available. 

“Alongside Ofgem’s Energy Supply Probe recommendations, this announcement will help shift the balance of power back to small business consumers.”