The chair of the government’s controversial smart meter programme, Baroness McDonagh, has left her post after recently criticising the roll-out of the widely hated scheme.
Current costs of the scheme are expected to reach £11bn, while total lifetime costs were recently pegged as high as £19bn – the same amount that the programme is hoped to save.
Baroness McDonagh was the inaugural chair of Smart Energy GB, the body tasked with raising awareness of the scheme.
Speculation is rife that McDonagh was pushed out of the position for taking a critical stance on the scheme’s roll-out.
Several weeks ago she told the BBC that the scheme needed greater private sector involvement. “As we know from experience, governments are not good at big infrastructure projects because it’s not their business,” she said.