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Smart Energy GB response to the latest smart meter installation figures issued by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

9th March 2021

Robert Cheesewright, Director of Communications at Smart Energy GB responded to the latest smart meter installation figures issued by BEIS, saying:

"As we expected, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting national lockdowns have impacted the smart meter rollout, but the green shoots of recovery are in sight evidenced by the increase in installations towards the end of 2020.

"Every single smart meter fitted across Great Britain is a positive step towards a truly smart energy system which will benefit the consumer, while making more efficient and greater use of cleaner, renewable energy."

-ENDS-

About smart meters and the rollout

Britain is committed to a cleaner future - one with zero carbon, zero emissions and reduced pollution.

To make this happen, our nation requires a major upgrade to its energy infrastructure, specifically, it requires the creation of a smart energy system. Smart meters, which replace traditional, analogue meters, are the foundation of a more reliable, clean and affordable energy infrastructure, allowing Great Britain to better manage energy use, transition to mass uptake of electric vehicles and to build a greener economy.

There are already over 21 million smart meters installed in homes and microbusinesses across Great Britain. Every household in England, Scotland and Wales can now see their energy use in near real time, receive accurate bills and do their bit for the planet, by requesting a smart meter, at no extra cost, from their energy supplier.

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the campaign for a smarter Britain. It's our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to be cleaner and greener with their energy use. Our national campaign is reaching households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website smartenergyGB.org

Smart Energy GB media contacts

For more information including interview requests, case studies of smart meter users, infographics, photography and video content please contact the Smart Energy GB media team:

Smart Energy GB:

Stephen Shawcross: [email protected]; 0203 019 1057