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About the rollout


The government wants energy suppliers to install smart meters in every home in England, Wales and Scotland. There are more than 26 million homes for the energy suppliers to get to, with the goal of every home having a smart meter by 2020.

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Why the rollout?


The European Union asked all member governments to look at smart meters as part of measures to upgrade our energy supply and tackle climate change. After an initial study, the British government decided to adopt smart meters as part of their plan to update our ageing energy system.

They’ll give you more control over your energy use, help you understand your bills and allow you to see what the energy you use is costing you. Smart meters will also benefit Britain as a whole.

Britain's smart future

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It's up to all of us


Smart meters aren’t compulsory and people can choose not to have one. That means the national rollout won’t just happen automatically. To help spread the message about the benefits of smart meters, we all need to become active and enthusiastic about them.

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An overview of the smart meter national rollout


What is the national smart meter rollout?

By the end of 2020, around 53 million smart meters will be fitted in more than 30 million premises (households and businesses) across Wales, Scotland and England. The programme is already underway. We're in the first stages and nearly five million smart meters have already been installed across Great Britain. This is the biggest national infrastructure project in our lifetimes and it will enable a more energy efficient system for Great Britain.

Watch this short film to find out more about the national smart meter rollout.


Is everyone in Great Britain getting a smart meter?

Everyone in England, Wales and Scotland is entitled to a smart meter if they want one and every energy supplier has to offer its customers a smart meter by 2020.