Energy suppliers have been given an update to the adoption of 1st generation smart meters to the upgraded 2nd generation network, and we want to share this with our Members here in the community.
We’ve been told by the Data and Communications Company (an Ofgem-regulated body appointed to run the country’s network of smart meters) that 1st generation models, known as SMETS1, will not be upgraded until summer 2020.
Right now we’re piloting installing 2nd generation smart meters - known as SMETS2 - for Pure Planet members.
SMETS2 smart meters are the type that stay smart regardless of which supplier installs them, meaning you’re free to switch and your meter will stay smart. They’re also on an improved data network.
1st generation smart meters - known as SMETS1 - have historically only worked with the supplier which installs them.
Like many of our Members, we’ve been looking forward to SMETS1 meters being upgraded to work with the DCC’s network, so they become smart again and we can offer many more Pure Planet Members a better experience.
The DCC is in charge of when SMETS1 meters are ‘adopted’ onto its network. They’ve previously told us the work would start in the autumn of this year (2019).
But now the DCC has told all energy suppliers that there will be a delay, with most SMETS1 meters not starting to be upgraded until August 2020.
Here are the latest estimates from the DCC:
- Models: Itron and Aclara - due to start in late July 2019. So far just over 100 have been adopted and the DCC has said this will be slowed down and monitored.
- Models: Secure and Elster - due to start in September 2019, delayed until June 2020.
- Models: L&G and EDMI - due to start in December 2019, delayed until August 2020.
We’re really disappointed, and we know our Members with SMETS1 meters will be disappointed too.
About 15,000 of our Members, with about 25,000 electricity and gas meters, are affected by this delay.
We’re seeking an explanation from the DCC, as well as assurances there won’t be more delays, but ultimately we, like all suppliers, are at their mercy.
As we digest this news we’re also considering our options for Pure Planet Members with SMETS1. One option we’re investigating is offering SMETS2 meters to Members with SMETS1.
Right now anyone with SMETS1 is excluded from our SMETS2 installs, as we’d expected them to start becoming smart again by now. Ripping SMETS1 meters off walls does have implications around costs and waste, too.
And we’d also like to be seeing fewer connectivity issues in our SMETS2 pilot before installing more. You may have also heard in the news recently that the whole smart programme has a new deadline - 2024 - for all homes to have SMETS2 meters offered to them.
So it’s not just SMETS1 that has had issues.
We’re going to look at all the options in more detail, and we’ll be updating our Members about this soon.
That’s it for now. Any questions? Let’s chat about them in the replies below.