In the UK, smart meters rollout campaign Smart Energy GB launched a new funding programme to accelerate consumers knowledge on smart meters.In a press statement, the firm said its project will provide non-profit community and regional organisations with funds ranging from £10,000 and £25,000 to educate consumers including those lacking basic digital skills, with low literacy, memory impairment, learning disability and those lacking proficiency in English and Welsh, starting in June.
The funding also seeks to enhance smart meters awareness to consumers off-gas grid, with severe or profound deafness, prepaid customers, with no personal internet, social housing tenants and consumers under district heating systems.
[quote] The programme is part of the Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund which aims to finance organisations to engage people and communities on how to access and use the new smart metering platforms.
In addition to the funding, Smart Energy GB also unveiled an online resource centre to provide educational materials such as posters, leaflets and training modules to organisations willing to help consumers benefit from the smart meters.
To help in the implementation of the outreach is a consortium of charities including the National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland, Media Trust, and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
Commenting on the development, Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:
“One of the biggest and most important challenges we face is reaching people who may not hear about smart meters through traditional routes, or who might need additional support to understand how they could benefit.
“We can’t meet this challenge alone,” added Deshmukh.
UK smart meters deployment
The launch of the funding follows the deployment of more than three million smart meters across the UK.
In late April, UK smart meter manufacturer EDMI was selected to provide a large British energy supplier with 500,000 advanced metering units.
The supply of the smart meters falls under the energy supplier’s residential smart metering rollout, said a company release. [UK smart meter survey reveals surprising insights].
The release adds that the agreement with the energy supplier marks the first SMETS2 meter award for EDMI, building on the contract award to supply SMETS2 communication hubs to the north of Great Britain on behalf of Arqiva.
The smart meter deal includes both smart electricity meters and smart gas meters.
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