The smart meter rollout completed its 23-millionth installation in April, more than a dozen years after the first smart meter was connected.

There were 199,000 installations last month – eight percent more than the month before and 11 percent more than the same month last year. This uptick disrupts a three-month decline in the number of installations taking place.

There have been 808,000 installations so far in 2024 compared to 747,000 in January-April 2023.

Despite the latest positive trend emerging from the rollout, industry debate over the pace of the rollout has been critical in recent months. According to Utility Week, an industry executive went as far as to suggest that smart meter manufacturers are hinting at leaving the UK due to the programme’s poor progress.

The most recent smart meter figures from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) indicate that almost 35mn electricity and gas smart meters are in properties across Great Britain as of December 2023.

The same regions as last month led the installations race: East England had 25,000 installs, Southern England had 21,000 and the East Midlands had 20,000.

Maps of GB showing regional installations of smart meters for the month of April 2024 and cumulatively since 2012

These insights were provided by ElectraLink’s Data Transfer Service (DTS) Operations Team. For any questions on the information or data sources, please contact [email protected].

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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.