Smart meter installations pass 15 million in February

March 16, 2021

The smart meter programme hit a significant milestone last month as cumulative electricity smart meter installations passed 15 million since the programme started in 2012.

The 15 million mark was reached as 163,000 smart meter installations were recorded in February, according to ElectraLink’s Energy Market Data Hub (EMDH). This is 30 percent less than February last year; the same month where the cumulative smart meter installation count passed 13 million.

East England and Southern England both recorded 23,000 installs last month, followed by the East Midlands with 18,000.

Map of GB smart meter installations in Feb 2021 with regional breakdown

Director of Data and Transformation, Dan Hopkinson, said: “The success of the UK’s Net Zero ambitions is hinged on the smart meter rollout reaching a large majority of households and businesses, therefore the 15 million installation milestone marks positive news for both programmes. Suppliers are taking a sensibly cautious approach to the rollout during Covid-19 restrictions, prioritising engineer and customer safety over maintaining the strong pre-pandemic pace of installations, and our market-wide data confirms the extent of the impact across various GB regions. However, we look forward to a re-energised smart meter rollout emerging as the government lifts social restrictions and more households and businesses can benefit from greater awareness of their energy consumption.”

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 helpdesk@electralink.co.uk or call 020 7432 3012 for any questions about our energy market data services.

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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.

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