The UK energy industry has been waiting eagerly for a new Government to set out its long-term vision for the sector, and so we’re left a little disappointed after the Queen’s Speech. Moving from plans to implement an energy price cap to investing in smart meters is like a football club trying to buy Lionel Messi but ending up with Joey Barton.

Smart meters are the technology of yesterday, and by the time the roll-out is complete they will be obsolete. It’s like the last Government investing heavily in Blockbuster as Netflix was on the rise.

Utilitywise’s ‘WiseLife’ product uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology so that businesses not only monitor their energy consumption and costs in real-time through their tablet or smartphone, but they can also control energy consumption by switching lights, printers and air-conditioning on and off at the tap of a screen. The Government should be looking to the future and incentivise businesses to adopt new technology like this which delivers sustainable savings for the UK economy.

It’s also concerning that all of the Government’s energy focus has been on supporting households and forgetting small businesses, which are the lifeblood of our economy. We’ve been calling on the Government to help small businesses by making it easier for them to switch energy supplier; by raising awareness of the benefits of switching amongst the businesses community; and finally by introducing policies that encourage businesses to invest in long term, sustainable energy efficiency measures which stand to produce national savings of £2 billion. We’re disappointed that these measures weren’t included in the Queen’s Speech.

What Utilitywise would also really like to see from the new Government is for them to promote the newly deregulated water market, which launched with little fanfare in April and went unnoticed by thousands of small businesses due to political distractions. We urge the new Secretary of State Michael Gove to now work with Ofwat and show small businesses how they can save up to 25% from their utility bills by switching or renegotiating their current water and energy contracts, which they can now do for the very first time in England. Again, we hope that this is a measure which all parties can support.