Convened by Sustainability First and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Smart Meter Energy Data Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG) brings together a range of public interest stakeholders to hold a policy dialogue around:

How smart meter data can be put to best use to further public policy goals and aid in the energy transition.
Whether, and under what conditions, the data might be accessed by Government and other organisations for public interest purposes while safeguarding consumers’ interests.

Now in its second phase, the project is focusing on the ‘additionality’ that greater access to more granular smart meter data could bring to public interest actors – including national and local government, policymakers, and regulators – as well as how this greater access might help to meet the challenges of decarbonisation, especially around heat.

CSE is an independent national charity, established in 1979. Based in Bristol, we undertake practical work to support individuals, communities and organisations to take action on energy, alongside original research and analysis to inform local and national policy.

Sustainability First is a small environment think-tank, established in 2000, with a focus on practical policy development in the areas of sustainable energy, waste and water.


The Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG) initially ran from November 2017 to July 2019 (phase one). Its second phase runs from September 2019. Members of PIAG include representatives of BEIS, UCL Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL)*, Ofgem*, the Energy Systems Catapult*, Smart DCC (Data Communications Company)*, National Grid ESO*, Elexon*, Northern Power Grid*, Citizens Advice, CAR (Cambridge Architecture Research Ltd), the Committee on Climate Change, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Electralink, Energy Networks Association, Energy Saving Trust, Energy-UK, Greater London Authority, MHCLG (Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government),  the National Infrastructure Commission, Office for National Statistics, Ombudsman Services, Scottish Government, Smart Energy GB, Sustainability First, techUK, TEDDINET / Edinburgh University, UKERC, UK Statistics Authority, Universities of Exeter & Reading, Xoserve , Welsh Government, and Which?

*denotes phase one funding party 


Sustainability First and CSE are undertaking a programme of research, analysis, stakeholder engagement and a process of dialogue with the PIAG membership. Phase 1, from November 2017 – July 2019 has resulted in a series of stimulus papers, research notes, and presentations which are shared with the PIAG for discussion and comment. They are then finalised and published on this website, together with notes of PIAG meetings. PIAG meetings are held under the Chatham House rule.  Phase 2, from September 2019, is developing this work further.


Workshop 1: National Energy Statistics

Workshop 2: Regulation

Workshop 3: Local & devolved government

Workshop 4: Heat



Workshop slides

PIAG Kick-off meeting slides - 30 November 2017
PIAG Workshop 1 slides - 19 March 2018
PIAG Workshop 2 slides - 18 July 2018
PIAG Workshop 3 slides - 20 November 2018
PIAG Workshop 4 slides - 4 April 2019

End of phase 1 report

PIAG End of Phase 1Report – 22 July 2019


Background papers

The papers below were jointly commissioned by Teddinet, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Sustainability First in Summer 2015. They consider how future household smart meter energy data might be deployed to serve the public interest. 

Dr Simon Elam - The National Perspective on Smart Meter Data & Public Interest Issues

Technical Annex - Existing data 

Dr Jessica Britton - The Sub-National Perspective on Smart Meter Data & Public Interest Issues 


Maxine Frerk
Associate, Sustainability First 
Simon Roberts
Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy 
Judith Ward
Associate, Sustainability First 
Nicky Hodges
Senior Researcher, Centre for Sustainable Energy 

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