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Suppliers continue to work hard throughout autumn to roll out smart meters to GB households despite the difficult conditions of localised lockdowns in virtually all parts of the UK.

October 2020 recorded 247,000 smart meter installations – seven percent more than the month before. The almost-quarter of a million installations is the highest of the year so far.

Including October’s installations, 2020 so far has recorded 1.588mn smart meters installed. The cumulative total since the national smart meter installation programme began is 14.3mn.

Map of GB showing regions with smart meter installations as month of October and cumulative figures

With the latest nationwide lockdown from 5 November to combat the spread of COVID-19, it will be interesting to see how the installation rate changes. During the first national lockdown in spring this year, smart meter installations fell sharply due to efforts to keep households, employees and site engineers safe. However, energy suppliers are implementing social distancing safety measures to prevent transmission of the virus between engineers and end users in an attempt to keep the smart meter rollout on track.

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.