Energy customers who reject new smart meters have been warned that the cost to them of maintaining "relic meters" will be "very high".
Energy suppliers have been given an extra four years to roll out smart meters into every home in the country, the Government has revealed.
A third of smart meter owners have had problems with their devices, ranging from them "going dumb" to failing to function entirely, a survey suggests.
Energy giant SSE is planning to cut more than 400 jobs in its retail sector covering smart meter installation because of a lack of take-up for the devices from consumers, according to a union.
Energy giant SSE has been fined £700,000 by regulator Ofgem for missing last year's target to install gas smart meters for customers.
More than half of energy customers with a smart meter have found the devices stopped working when they switched supplier, research suggests.
Energy suppliers need to triple their smart meter installation rates to have any hope of completing a national roll-out by 2020, new analysis suggests.
A new report by Smart Energy GB finds that 86% of customers make positive energy saving changes which they carry through over time as a consequence of owning a smart meter.
ABERDEEN-BASED ITI Energy has announced the start of a new research and development (R&D) project aimed at boosting the technologies needed to support a next-generation power grid.