Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:56
(See Remember Who You Are for the detailed background)
'British Gas has said it is planning to offer free power on Saturdays to some of its customers. The idea is to encourage them to use more of their electricity at the weekend when there is less demand from businesses, according to the BBC's industry correspondent John Moylan .
The scheme would be available to its one million UK customers who have smart meters. British Gas is understood to have already started piloting the scheme. The energy firm plans a bigger pilot later in the year and the scheme could be offered to consumers from 2014.
The roll-out of smart meters is at an early stage in the UK, but Centrica claims that it has installed more of them than the rest of the industry put together. The parent company, Centrica, already offers the scheme - called Free Power Saturday - in its Direct Energy operations in Texas and the north-east of the United States.'