Smart meter installations in Britain last month surpassed those from January 2021 when the UK was put into the country’s third Covid-19 lockdown.

185,000 installations took place in January 2022 – 24 percent more than January last year but still 25 percent short of the last pre-pandemic January in 2020.

The smart meter rollout appeared to have recovered from pandemic disruption after the 2021 installation total reached 2.417mn compared to 1.997mn in 2020.

The cumulative number of installs recorded since the start of the programme now stands at 17.41mn.

Regional distribution of installation rates remained consistent in January with East England, Southern England and the East Midlands recording the most installs last month.

  • East England – 24,000 installations in January 2022 (2.09mn cumulative)
  • Southern England – 21,000 installations in January 2022 (1.76mn cumulative)
  • East Midlands – 19,000 installations in January 2022 (1.78mn cumulative)

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]. 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 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.