Rollout of smart meters in the U.K. under way


Alistair Buchanan,
Chief Executive,
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — April 7, 2008 – The rollout of smart meters in the U.K. has received a boost with the announcement by E.ON that it is installing 7,000 such meters as part of a pilot scheme to establish customers’ reactions to the additional energy information that will be available.

The smart meter project, known as Energy Demand, is being run by U.K. energy regulator Ofgem and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). Four utilities are taking part – E.ON, EDF Energy, Scottish Power and Scottish & Southern Energy. Initial results are expected shortly. Ofgem has invested £10 million ($20 million) to trial the meters, and the four utilities are believed to have contributed the same amount.

In terms of the project, some customers have been supplied with smart meters, while others have had stand-alone display units installed in their homes which show energy usage in pounds and pence. At the time of the launch Ofgem Chief Executive Alistair Buchanan said: “Smart meters have great potential to help customers better understand their energy use and to encourage energy efficiency. Our initial work suggests that smart meters are the future – the end of the meter reader, the ability to meter home made electricity sales back on to the grid, and vastly improved consumption data available within your home. These trials will provide us with firm evidence and hard facts about the benefits smart meters can bring.”

E.ON’s smart meters have been manufactured by Ampy Metering.