National Grid to deploy 10,000 dual fuel smart meters

UK operator of gas distribution network Wales and West Utilities (WWU) said it was selected by utility firm National Grid for the rollout of a smart meter project.

Under the utility’s smart metering programme, WWU has been contracted to install some 10,000 dual fuel smart meters.

The smart meters are being installed for customers of National Grid in Wales and utility’s service territories in the south-west of England.

WWU has to date, installed 200 smart electric meters under its contract with National Grid. WWU is expected to install a total of 10,000 smart meters.

The contract to install 10,000 dual fuel smart meters is WWU’s first deal with National Grid – equipping the utility’s electricity customers with the new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology.

To complete installation of the 10,000 smart meter units in line with National Grid’s deadline, WWU has trained and assigned some ten personnel to its number of engineers installing AMI units for National Grid.

Smart meter target

The decision by National Grid to partner with WWU on smart meter installation falls under efforts by the energy company to meet smart meter deployment targets set by the country’s energy regulator Ofgem. [No further smart meter rollout extensions, warns Ofgem].

Following a decision reached by the UK government, Ofgem has been tasked to ensure that by 2020 all energy providers equip their customers with smart meters to help them improve their energy efficiency by having access to real-time usage data.

The advanced meters are also expected to help improve consumer flexibility by allowing utility customers to participate in a number of programmes including smart homes, energy efficiency and demand response programmes provided by energy providers and other third parties including demand response capacity providers.

On utility’s side, the AMI meters will help energy providers to improve management of their grid networks, accurately bill customers and increase their renewable energy portfolios at the same time ensuring the reliability of their grid networks. [UK smart meter consumers seeing reductions in energy bills – Which?].

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.