The United Kingdom smart meter rollout through an energy justice lens

Jenkins, Kirsten E H, Sovacool, Benjamin and Hielscher, Sabine (2018) The United Kingdom smart meter rollout through an energy justice lens. In: Jenkins, Kirsten E H and Hopkins, Debbie (eds.) Transitions in energy efficiency and demand: The emergence, diffusion and impact of low-carbon innovation. Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions, pp. 94-110. ISBN 9781351127264

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Abstract

The United Kingdom’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) creates the legal framework so that an in-home display unit and a smart gas and electricity meter can be installed in every household by the end of 2020. Intended to reduce household energy consumption, the SMIP is one of the world’s most complex smart meter rollouts. It is also proving to be a challenging one as a series of obstacles has characterised and potentially restricted implementation. This chapter first gives background to the most recent smart meter roll out developments in the UK and second, uses an energy justice framework to explore the emergent challenges under the titles of distributional justice, procedural justice and justice as recognition. Applying this framework to an analysis of the UK SMIP provides opportunities to accurately record, present and expose potential forthcoming injustices. In light of this, we offer a series of policy recommendations.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Sabine Hielscher
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84419

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Research Centre on Innovation and Energy DemandG1020RCUK-RESEARCH COUNCILS UKEP/K011790/1