More than 2.4mn smart meter installations were recorded in 2023 as the national rollout persists at a moderate pace. The year’s total was a fraction higher than the 2.37mn installs in 2022 and marginally lower than 2021.
December 2023’s 170,000 installations were 25 percent fewer than the month before but eight percent more than the same month last year. Installation rates typically drop in December due to the festive season.
There have been 22.25mn installations since ElectraLink’s records of the rollout began in 2012. According to the latest Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) report, there were 33.9mn smart and advanced meters active in GB as of September 2023, including gas and electricity meters.
The usual top three regions maintained their positions in December: East England had 21,000 installations followed by Southern England with 19,000 and the East Midlands with 16,000.
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These figures represent electricity smart meter installations in GB. Visit the DESNZ website for the latest dual fuel smart meter reports.
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.