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The smart meter installation programme continues to gain pace after the pandemic and recent festive season hit activity last year. Installations in February increased compared to both last month and the same month last year; the latter month fell in the middle of a Covid-19 lockdown.

There were 195,000 electricity smart meter installations in Great Britain in February 2022 – 20 percent more than the 163,000 installs last February and five percent more than the 185,000 in January 2022.

Regions with high installation rates in February included East England with 24,000 installations, Southern England with 23,000 and the East Midlands with 19,000.

There have been 380,000 installations so far in 2022 and 17.6mn since 2012.

Map showing GB regional number of smart meters isnatlled in February 2022 and cumulatively

BEIS reported recently that Q4 2021 closed with a total of 27.8 million smart and advanced meters in Great Britain with 23.6 million of those currently operating.

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. Call 020 7432 3012 for any questions about our energy market data services or visit the Energy Market Data Hub on our website.

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NOTES:

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.