The smart meter network in Britain has doubled over the last 12 months, with 6.7 million smart meters connected to the Data Communications Company’s (DCC) network in 2020/21.
Despite the disruption caused by the first COVID-19 lockdown – when installations were paused for three months from March – daily rates of installation had virtually returned to pre-pandemic levels by the beginning of the second lockdown. This meant almost 20,000 meters were being installed per working day.
This pace allowed the 10 millionth smart meter to be installed in Great Britain at 10:47am on 1 February 2021 by E.On Energy in Doddington, Cambridgeshire.
In addition to the overall expansion of the smart meter network, the DCC also noted that almost 4 million first generation meters (SMETS1) were migrated to the network returning smart functionality, and importantly the ability to switch energy supplier, to those households.