Smart meters in Great Britain - statistics & facts

Smart meters are part of an advanced metering infrastructure meant to ease monitoring of energy consumption and enabling two-way communication with the supplier. They are most commonly used as an electricity meter, although natural gas and water meters are also available. The meter may be connected to the network via fixed cabling or wireless options.

What is the British smart meter rollout scheme?

In Great Britain, a government-initiated rollout of smart electricity and smart gas meters began in 2016. However, some energy suppliers have been installing smart meters even earlier. A rollout for England, Wales, and Scotland was meant to improve consumer flexibility within the market. By monitoring real-time energy consumption, it was hoped that households no longer had to rely on estimated billing and could use energy more efficiently, helping Great Britain move towards a lower carbon economy. The government has extended the rollout period until 2025, when all energy suppliers will be required to offer smart meters to their customers. As of mid-March 2019, the second generation of smart meters has been in circulation. The Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland currently has no plans to initiate a mandatory smart meter rollout.

Smart meter deployment in residential and non-residential buildings

By the end of 2020, utility companies had installed some 19 million smart and advanced meters across Great Britain. By comparison, the number of traditional meters was roughly double that amount, despite a notable decline in recent years. Most smart meters were deployed to domestic units, where the number of smart electricity meters exceeded smart gas meters in every quarter since 2012. Figures for non-residential rollout were significantly lower. As of 2020, a little over 130,000 smart meters had been installed in shops, offices, factories, hospitals, etc. by large energy suppliers.

User perspective and outlook

Of British respondents to a 2020 survey, 67 percent reported being more conscious of the amount of energy they were using since having a smart meter installed, while half said they were now less worried about their bills.

Smart meter shipments are forecast to reach 44 million units in Europe by 2024, making Europe the second largest market following Asia Pacific.

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Smart meters in Great Britain - statistics & facts

Smart meters are part of an advanced metering infrastructure meant to ease monitoring of energy consumption and enabling two-way communication with the supplier. They are most commonly used as an electricity meter, although natural gas and water meters are also available. The meter may be connected to the network via fixed cabling or wireless options.

What is the British smart meter rollout scheme?

In Great Britain, a government-initiated rollout of smart electricity and smart gas meters began in 2016. However, some energy suppliers have been installing smart meters even earlier. A rollout for England, Wales, and Scotland was meant to improve consumer flexibility within the market. By monitoring real-time energy consumption, it was hoped that households no longer had to rely on estimated billing and could use energy more efficiently, helping Great Britain move towards a lower carbon economy. The government has extended the rollout period until 2025, when all energy suppliers will be required to offer smart meters to their customers. As of mid-March 2019, the second generation of smart meters has been in circulation. The Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland currently has no plans to initiate a mandatory smart meter rollout.

Smart meter deployment in residential and non-residential buildings

By the end of 2020, utility companies had installed some 19 million smart and advanced meters across Great Britain. By comparison, the number of traditional meters was roughly double that amount, despite a notable decline in recent years. Most smart meters were deployed to domestic units, where the number of smart electricity meters exceeded smart gas meters in every quarter since 2012. Figures for non-residential rollout were significantly lower. As of 2020, a little over 130,000 smart meters had been installed in shops, offices, factories, hospitals, etc. by large energy suppliers.

User perspective and outlook

Of British respondents to a 2020 survey, 67 percent reported being more conscious of the amount of energy they were using since having a smart meter installed, while half said they were now less worried about their bills.

Smart meter shipments are forecast to reach 44 million units in Europe by 2024, making Europe the second largest market following Asia Pacific.

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