The Telegraph, 31 October 2011

Contract terms and different smart meter technology platforms are restricting competition as businesses face rising energy prices.

Hidden charges for smart meters are catching small businesses unawares, says a price comparison company.

The sophisticated meters are being offered free by energy suppliers as part of a national programme to provide new products and services and make it easier for businesses and householders to monitor consumption and improve efficiency.

But Make it Cheaper, which acts for businesses, charities and trade associations in negotiating power deals, is recording a sharp increase in the number of companies eager to instal the new meters but cancelling contracts because of the 'extras.’

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