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Smart meter rollout hits 16 million

The 16 millionth smart meter was installed by E.ON Next. Image: Getty

The 16 millionth smart meter was installed by E.ON Next. Image: Getty

E.ON Next has installed the 16th million smart meter in Britain, according to the Data Communications Company (DCC).

This 16 millionth smart meter was a gas smart meter installed in Southall, London on 10 November.

The DCC's network is now made up of 9,694,858 second generation smart meters and 6,305,296 first generation smart meters.

Data Communications Company CEO, Angus Flett, said: “Millions of homes are linked to the network, which is helping transform our country’s energy system by digitising it – ready for the low carbon economy we need if we’re to achieve our net zero target.”

The new milestone comes nine months after the rollout reached 10 million.

This year has seen installations remain over 200,000 for five months in a row, although this streak was broken in August when there were 189,000 installations.

Indeed, the same month the DCC said the number of smart meter installations had doubled over the previous 12 months.

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