Smart meter deployment on track in the U.K.


James Constant,
Worcester, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — May 9, 2008 – U.K.-based independent energy provider BizzEnergy has recently installed its 1000th smart meter, and is on track to meet its goal of delivering smart meters to 20 percent of its business customer base by the end of 2008. The meters are designed to help businesses run their energy more efficiently, and in turn reduce costs. BizzEnergy already has advanced orders for an additional 1000 meters which it will install by the end of May.

The company was the first in the U.K. to introduce smart meters using GPRS technology in 2004. Following successful trials of the technology throughout 2006, BizzEnergy has boosted its campaign to have smart meters installed with the majority of its customers. A BizzEnergy smart meter enables customers to track their energy consumption and costs by providing the data in half hourly segments. Each month this data is downloaded to BizzEnergy and customers can use it to see when they are using energy and identify what steps they could take to reduce their costs and environmental impact.

James Constant, COO at BizzEnergy, comments: “We’re always relentless in our efforts to improve the way in which we do business, and the installation of our 1000th smart meter is a significant milestone for us. The fact that we have already taken orders for another 1000 meters signifies our commitment to making this technology available now, rather than sitting back and waiting for government mandate or subsidy. It’s clear that customers no longer want or expect estimated bills, and why should they when the technology exists to make these a thing of the past? The additional visibility that smart meters bring means that customers are truly empowered to take more control over costs and cash-flow, whilst still doing their bit for the environment.”