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Over one million smart meters have been installed in GB in 2020 so far following yet another month of recovery from a massive drop in installations due to COVID-19, among other troubles for the energy market.

Just under 183,000 smart meters were installed in August – 20 percent more than July. August’s figures still show a 17 percent drop against the same month last year, but the gap is closing. Over the same eight-month period last year, 1.761mn smart meters were installed.

East England had the highest figure with 24,000 installations, Southern England followed closely with 22,000 installs and East Midlands with 18,000.

The cumulative number of installations since the programme began is now 13,806,000.

Smart meter installs in August 2020 by region in GB and cumulative installs since 2012

In Q3 last year, BEIS announced the smart meter installs rollout deadline would be pushed back to 2024, and Ofgem has indicated it will review its planned works for 2020.

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 hel[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.