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Over 1.2 million smart meter installations have taken place so far this year as 242,000 smart meter installations were rolled out in June 2021.

This monthly figure is a 250 percent increase on the same month last year. COVID-19 restrictions on non-urgent meter works were still in force at this point last year when the national programme started moving again.

Just shy of 16 million installs have occurred since the programme began in 2012.

The east and south remain the regions with the best rollout figures for June. East England saw 33,000 installs, Southern England 29,000 and the East Midlands 24,000.

Half of all regions in Britain have seen a cumulative figure of more than 1 million installations since the programme started.

Map of GB regions showing meter installs in June 2021 and cumulative since 2012

In early June, it was announced that the All Reasonable Steps (ARS) obligation for suppliers to install smart meters in homes has been extended by six months from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021.

According to Cornwall Insight, the government expressed its “view that COVID-19 has impacted on suppliers’ abilities to meet the ARS obligation, and suppliers told the government that COVID-19 has also impacted on their ability to prepare for the new four-year framework, due to come in once the ARS obligation ends.

“The framework would set energy suppliers annual, individual installation targets on a trajectory to 100% coverage, subject to an annual tolerance level. For the domestic rollout, the tolerance levels are Year 1 = 3.5% and Year 2= 5.1%. For the non-domestic, Year 1= 6.1%; Year 2= 8.3%.”

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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NOTES:

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.