The risks of not submitting devices to the SMDA scheme
While the SMDA Scheme is voluntary, most energy suppliers are already members. Accounting for around 80% of the energy supplier market, SMDA Supplier and MAP members are already mandating SMDA as a requirement in their contracts with smart metering equipment manufacturers. This is to provide further regulatory assurance that the devices they have chosen meet the associated regulatory obligations. Manufacturers who do not have their equipment SMDA assured could risk missing out on the significant opportunities the smart meter rollout presents.
It is also clear that having interchangeable smart metering equipment is a key factor in maintaining a positive experience for consumers. There is little doubt that the impacts from not being able to offer assurance could lead to negative consumer relationships if equipment used is found not to be interchangeable.