ElectraLink and Energy Saving Trust Launch SMID – the Smart Meter Installation Dataset

September 25, 2014

Shared knowledge and new centralised data key to efficient smart meter roll-out. ElectraLink, working alongside the Energy Saving Trust, launches a service to improve the installation efficiency of smart meters. New Smart Meter Installation Dataset designed to overcome Energy Supplier challenges of roll-out and allow for efficient planning and improved consumer experience.

ElectraLink, working with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), has today launched a new tool designed to improve the efficiency of installations during the smart meter roll-out.

The Smart Meter Installation Dataset (SMID) provides the Energy Suppliers and Meter Operators who will be installing smart meters with a unique set of data including the location of existing meters, the type of property (e.g. detached house, flat, etc), the likelihood of additional Distribution Network Operator (DNO) support being required and the likelihood of site access issues.

Smart meter deployment in Britain is not being conducted on a street-by-street and house-by-house basis.  Making market data, and the whole industry knowledge more transparent could lead to additional benefits, such as a reduction on installation costs and an improved consumer experience.

The smart-meter roll-out is set to pose many installation challenges with installers expected to work to tight schedules while keeping customer inconvenience to a minimum. ElectraLink and Energy Saving Trust believe that using information from across the whole industry, suitably anonymised and aggregated, will benefit all suppliers charged with rolling out smart meters to 30 million homes over the next 5 years.
ElectraLink Chief Executive, Stuart Lacey says: “The rollout of meters on this scale in the UK is unprecedented and many challenges are likely to be encountered. Energy suppliers will have to plan carefully and be innovative in their approach if they are to meet the 2020 deadline at minimal cost and with minimum disruption to their customers. With the permission of its users, ElectraLink is in a unique position to facilitate the sharing of data between suppliers and their agents to reduce the risk of repeat visits to the same properties, missed deadlines, increased costs and customer dissatisfaction.”

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive at the Energy Saving Trust says: “We need to make the smart meter roll-out as easy and hassle-free for both installers and consumers. Shared data and knowledge that does not compromise confidentiality and collaboration across the energy sector are great ways at ensuring that the roll-out is as efficient as possible for the energy suppliers, installers, meter operators and communication service providers. The SMID will also ensure that the smart meter roll-out gets off to a positive start for homeowners who themselves will benefit from greater control and awareness over their energy-use.”

ElectraLink operates the data transfer service (DTS) for all participants in the UK electricity market and has worked with the Energy Saving Trust to incorporate installation and other related housing stock data into a predictive tool to support the installers of smart meters, without compromising personal and commercial privacy.

The SMID has been created using advanced data analytics and contains statistical predictions on every British property including amongst others:

1. The location of existing electricity meters;
2. The type of property;
3. The likelihood of additional DNO activity being required; and
4. The likelihood of issues gaining site access.

A brochure produced by ElectraLink and EST detailing the different challenges energy suppliers and meter operator companies face in rolling out smart meters and how the SMID can help is available to download here.