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Great Britain’s smart metering programme achieved it’s 13-millionth smart meter installation last month despite a decrease in the number of monthly installations compared to January.

The total number of installations for February across GB was 232,000, 5.7% less than January 2020 and 9% more than February 2019.

East England’s 29,000 installations in February pushed the region’s cumulative figure to over 1.5mn. The West Midlands cumulative installations now exceeds 1.2mn, and South Wales has nipped past half a million installations.

It is expected that installations will increase over the remainder of the year.

These insights were provided by ElectraLink’s Data Transfer Service Operations Team. For any questions on the information or data sources, please contact our helpdesk at [email protected] or call 020 7432 3012 for any questions about our energy market data services.


The analysis is based on the D0150 data flows transmitted across our network and we believe capture the vast majority of smart meter installations.

The users of the DTS have given ElectraLink permission to intercept and analyse this, and other data flows, subject to certain conditions.

Our analysis defines smart meters as those models with the capability to handle time of use tariffs and which can be remotely updated.

For installations after September 2013, we count all meters flagged as SMETS1, SMETS2 or non-SMETS. For installations before the industry standard designation was agreed, the allocation is based on the make and model of meter.