Free smart meters for U.K. customers


Charlie Crossley Cooke,
Managing Director,
Opus Energy
Northampton, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — September 26, 2007 – Opus Energy, an independent electricity supplier to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and corporate customers, has unveiled a £5million ($10 million) plan to provide new energy-saving smart meters free of charge to all its customers.

An industry first, the scheme aims to improve the accuracy of customers’ bills by providing automatic usage readings that can be read remotely by Opus. It is expected to be rolled out to Opus’s over 35,000 customers in September 2007.

Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director of Opus Energy, said: “This is a significant investment for us, but we feel strongly that when this type of technology is available – with so many benefits for our customers – it should be provided free of charge. Smart meters will not only improve the accuracy of our customers’ bills, the technology will also save them time and money, with the added benefit of helping to reduce climate change.”

Figures released by The Carbon Trust state that smart meter technology has the potential to save UK SMEs £300million ($600 million) every year. In addition, a possible 5.1 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved each year – the equivalent to the entire carbon footprint of Bristol.

Crossley Cooke adds: “Our customers told us that smart meters are a priority for their business, so we’ve listened and decided to provide them free of charge.”

The smart meters will be supplied by IMServ.