Installations of electricity smart meters continue to slow after the post-lockdown recovery in installation rates.

197,000 installations occurred in GB during September 2021 – a 15 percent drop compared to the same month last year. September 2020 was the first month where installs returned to pre-pandemic levels.

This marks the second month in a row with fewer than 200,000 installations after post-lockdown months recorded increases after the removal of COVID restrictions which prevented engineers from entering properties, except for emergency visits.

There have been 1.8 million installations so far this year, and 16.6 million since the programme began.

Regional distribution of smart meter installs remained largely the same as previous months. East England recorded 26,000 installs, 24,000 in Southern England and 20,000 in the East Midlands. East England is just 25,000 installations shy of 2 million – the most for a single region in GB.

These insights were provided by ElectraLink’s Data Transfer Service Operations Team. For any questions on the information or smart meter data sources, please contact our helpdesk at [email protected]. Call 020 7432 3012 for any questions about our energy market data services.



These figures represent electricity smart meter installations in GB.

The analysis is based on the D0150 data flows transmitted across our network and we believe capture the vast majority of electricity smart meter installs.

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.