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The energy market’s smart meter installation efforts are almost back on track after the drastic slow down due to COVID-19. September 2020 recorded 232,000 smart meter installations – the first month to record more installations than the same month last year since the initial national lockdown in March.

This is an improvement on September 2019 which recorded 228,000 smart meter installations – 1.8 percent less than September 2020. In comparison, every month this year since March has recorded far fewer installs than the corresponding month in 2019.

Percentage change in smart meter installations in 2019 vs 2020 due to covid restrictions

With the addition of September 2020’s installations, 1,333,000 smart meters have been installed in GB so far this year. East England topped the list of regions with 31,000 installs, followed by Southern England with 27,000 and the East Midlands with 24,000.

The cumulative number of installations since the programme began is now 14,038,000. East England, the East Midlands and Southern England are the regions with the most cumulative installs with 1.6mn, 1.4mn and 1.3mn installs, respectively.

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.