Building on its longstanding presence in the UK metering market, Landis+Gyr has worked with British Gas to launch the first of a new standard in SMETS2 smart technology. The first of the new model UK smart meters is now installed and live in a British Gas customer's home and mark the introduction of the next generation of smart meters for electricity and gas.
These smart meters are the first to comply with the Government’s ground breaking smart energy standard, SMETS2 ('smart metering equipment technical specifications 2’). The first operational SMETS2 meter, installed in August at a semi-detached home in Surbiton, will be part of extensive consumer testing to inform the wider national roll-out of the meters from 2018.
SMETS2 smart meters will deliver a wide range of improvements, including:
- Interoperability – these devices enable seamless switching between energy suppliers by connecting with the Data Communications Company (DCC).
- High security – the new meters maintain and extend the highest standard of security for householder data.
- Renewable energy support - the new meters will facilitate the connection of all types of home renewable and microgeneration technology onto the grid, supporting a cleaner, greener UK.
At a national level, the new meters will form the cornerstone of an improved national energy infrastructure, more flexible, reliable and efficient than ever before. The highly detailed information they provide for the UK’s electricity network operators will help to reduce the annual cost of supporting the country’s power grid, and aid renewables integration. Critically, it will also enable the expansion of electric vehicles across the UK – a key part of UK Government’s future transport strategy and a vital step in creating a clean-energy future.
With the rapid expansion of smart meters across continental Europe, the cutting edge functionality of its SMETS2 devices is expected to be integrated into many of Landis+Gyr's solutions across Europe, exporting UK skills and expertise.
Several UK energy retailers including British Gas are beginning volume SMETS2 pilot programmes, utilizing the company’s SMETS2 solution this autumn. The company expects to deliver more than 20 million smart gas and electricity meters for its UK customers as part of the nationwide rollout currently underway.
Catherine O’Kelly, Industry Development Director at British Gas, said: “We’re proud to be the first energy supplier in the UK to install a SMETS2 meter in a customer’s home. It’s a really important milestone for our programme, coming hot on the heels of our four millionth smart meter installation a few months ago.”