Statistics on the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain, Q4 2013

March 15, 2014
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This quarterly release presents statistics on the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain. It includes information on the number of smart meters installed by the larger energy suppliers (i.e. British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE and Utility Warehouse) in properties in the last quarter and the total in operation as of 31 December 2013. Utility Warehouse data is included for the first time this quarter.

Smart-meter--001The Smart Metering Implementation Programme is being delivered in two phases. During the Foundation Stage, which began in March 2011, the Government is working with the energy industry, consumer groups and other stakeholders to put commercial and regulatory frameworks in place to support smart metering, trial and test systems, learn lessons from early installations and enhance the consumer experience. Most householders will then have smart meters installed by their energy company between autumn 2015 and 2020. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

The larger energy suppliers are currently installing smart, smart-type and traditional meters in domestic properties and smart, advanced and traditional meters in smaller non-domestic sites (an explanation of the differences between these meters is included on page 3 of this document).

Key points

  • 95,300 smart meters (55,600 electricity meters and 39,700 gas meters) were installed in domestic properties in quarter four 2013 (Chart 1 and Table 1). This compared to 92,800 smart meters installed in quarter three. A total of 295,700 have been installed to date.
  • 265,200 smart meters are now operating in ‘smart mode’ in domestic properties across Great Britain (Table 2). This represents 0.6 per cent of all domestic meters operated by the larger suppliers.
  • 2,600 smart meters (2,600 electricity meters) and 28,500 advanced meters (28,300 electricity meters and 200 gas meters) were installed in smaller non-domestic sites in quarter four 2013 (Chart 2 and Table 1). This compared to 900 smart meters, and 24,200 advanced meters, installed in quarter three.
  • 529,200 smart and advanced meters are now operating in smaller non-domestic sites across Great Britain (Table 2). This represents 18.7 per cent of all smaller non-domestic site meters operated by the larger suppliers.

For all references to Tables and Charts, please refer to link.