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ElectraLink figures see smart meter installations hit 18m in new milestone

The milestone was achieved in April 2022. Image: Getty.

The milestone was achieved in April 2022. Image: Getty.

Over 18 million electricity smart meter installations have now taken place since the programme began a decade ago, according to ElectraLink.

This was achieved during April 2022, when there were 186,000 installations – although this was down 17% on March 2022 and 15% year-on-year.

It follows the Data Communications Company stating earlier this month that the 20 millionth smart meter device had been connected to its national network.

According to ElectraLink, the regions with the highest numbers of electricity smart meter installations in April were East England with 24,000, Southern England with 20,000 and the East Midlands with 18,000 in line with trends over the past few years.

Regions with the highest number of cumulative installations include East England with 2.165 million, the East Midlands with 1.833 million and Southern England with 1.83 million.

The new figures follow Ofgem issuing an open letter to suppliers in March, in which it said it recognised the "significant pressure" on the energy retail market from the second half of 2021, but that it expects suppliers to be "actively working" to meet the challenge of increased targets from increased customer numbers due to supplier failures.

Additionally, Current± recently took a look at the role of smart meters in delivering energy security in Britain following the publication of the British Energy Security Strategy.

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