Smart meter installations in April 2021 reflected the easing of lock-down restrictions in GB as 218,000 installations were recorded – 1,700 percent more than the same month last year.

April 2020 was in the midst of the first national coronavirus lockdown and only 12,000 smart meter installations were reported. Since then, installation rates have fluctuated significantly in line with lockdown restrictions but have now recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

The addition of April’s installations means 15.47 million smart meter installations have occurred since the rollout began.

The regions with most installations last month include East England with 30,000, Southern England with 29,000 and East Midlands with 22,000.

All visits from smart meter engineers remain Covid safe with mandatory measures to prevent transmission of the virus.

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 electricity 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.