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Smart Energy GB response to the BEIS quarterly report on smart meter installations

27th March 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published statistics for smart meter installations from October to December 2017.

Robert Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:

“More than 11 million smart meters have now been installed across Great Britain, providing an essential upgrade to an outdated energy system. It’s crucial that this national upgrade happens to ensure consumers are not stuck in the past, crouching under the stairs with a torch to take meter readings or worrying about inaccurate, estimated bills.

“Those who have smart meters already are experiencing the benefits, as research shows that around three quarters of people with a smart meter would recommend one to friends, family or neighbours. That’s equivalent to 6.3 million people who would recommend getting one.”

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign is reaching households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website smartenergyGB.org.

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure.

There are already 11 million smart meters installed in homes and microbusinesses across Great Britain. Every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered one at no additional cost. Contact your energy supplier today about installing your smart meter.

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:

Ben Welling: [email protected]; 0203 019 1063 / 0792 181 9353

Stephen Shawcross: [email protected]; 0203 019 1057