The GB smart meter rollout recorded the lowest month of May installations total since 2020.

There were 195,000 smart meter installations last month – two percent less than the month before and roughly the same as May 2023. The same month in 2021 and 2022 had 218,000 and 207,000 installations respectively.

Figures from 2022 and 2023 show that installations tend to increase between April and May.

May 2020 fell in the middle of the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and only 17,000 installations were possible due to social distancing restrictions.

However, there have been one million installations so far this year compared to 944,000 for the same period last year and 23.3mn since the rollout began 12 years ago.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) released its most recent smart meter report at the end of May. Figures show that 35.5mn smart and advanced meters are currently operating in the UK, as of March 2024.

In terms of regional installations, the usual regions remained in the top three for another month. East England had 24,000 installations, Southern England had 22,000 and the East Midlands had 18,000 installations.

Maps of GB showing regional installations of smart meters for the month of May 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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NOTES:

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.