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Refreshed lockdown restrictions in November across GB appear to potentially have impacted smart meter installations.

November 2020 recorded 230,000 installations – seven percent less than the month before.

Including November’s installations, 2020 so far has recorded 1.82mn smart meters installed. The cumulative total since the national smart meter installation programme began is 14.53mn.

All regions indicated similar decreases in installations when compared with October 2020’s figures.

Seven regions across GB each have over one million cumulative smart meter installations: East England, East Midlands, Southern England, West Midlands, North West England, Yorkshire and South East England.

Installations are likely to decrease further in December due to the holiday period – a trend seen in previous years.

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.