Smart Meters are gathering momentum and the UK’s rollout is on track according to recent statistics released by BEIS, the UK’s version of governing body for the smart meter rollout.
With 53 million smart meters to install across the UK by 2020, the rollout has started to gather real momentum. With 7,600,000 million smart meters installed so far, the rollout is picking up pace at 10% per month on average.
Smart Meters have a lot of bad press in relation to the momentum it has gathered, however this has always been by design. Whilst the DCC creates a platform robust enough to allow all suppliers to either adopt SMETS1 meters, or rollout their smart meter strategies in anger, gathering momentum was always going to be staggered. Allowing teething problems and general rollout growing pains was always going to be the case for the biggest smart meter rollout in the UK’s infrastructure history.
Now that Ofgem and BEIS have set a SMETS1 deadline of July 2018, this allows a true clear in anger start date for all suppliers in the UK. SMETS2 meters will allow the customers using them to switch energy suppliers when their tariffs expire or when they want to leave their energy supplier.
SMETS1 meters have had a lot of negative press including the ability to switch energy supplier when you want, however this again is not something to worry about, once the DCC is live from July 2018 all SMETS1 meters have to be adopted into their platform, allowing customers to switch like any other customer in the UK.
SMETS2 meters will be slightly smaller in size, which will reduce the quantity of customers who cannot receive them due to their cupboards size is too small etc.
Skilled workers are the key to rolling the smart meter mandate out by 2020, and there are various smart meter academies across the UK who upskill or fully train engineers to fit smart meters.
With safety paramount, the following govering bodies all oversee the smart meter rollout from an installer perspective, OAMI, Gas Safe, MAMCOP, MOCOPA and EU Skills just to name a few, meaning that safety is pararmount in the rollout so customers are kept safe at all times.
With the current rollout gathering great momentum, the 80% target by 2020 is a real achievable target for suppliers and will be a huge achievement for the UK’s energy infrastructure.