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New policy brief looks at ways to help the diffusion of smart meters in Great Britain

Researchers at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) have published a new brief looking at the smart meter rollout in Great Britain and how the uptake of smart meters could be accelerated. According to the report, written by Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Dr Paula Kivimaa and Dr Kirsten Jenkins, the academic literature surrounding the rollout have focused too much on technical issues while neglecting social issues that could have the potential to help or hinder the rollout. The briefing highlights four areas that need greater attention: consumer acceptance, changes in energy consumption, vulnerability and environmental impacts such as waste.

The study is based on a literature review on smart meters and an analysis of public transcripts of seven high-level smart meter events aimed at the policy community in the UK.

Read the full briefing.