ScottishPower to install over 5m smart meters

Over 5 million Smart meters ‘Smart’ electricity and gas meters are being installed in homes across the UK, following major contracts placed by ScottishPower in the first nine months of the year.

LowriBeck, Amey, Providor and Actavo will all assist ScottishPower to deploy over 5 million of ‘the next generation’ of ‘Smart’ electricity and gas meters in towns and cities across the UK by 2020, replacing traditional meters.

Successful trials of Smart meter installations have taken place with 100,000 meters already in place. ScottishPower expects to soon be installing up to 2,000 meters every day across Scotland, England and Wales. At its peak, the project will have over 1100 installers working to deliver the Smart meters to customers.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Chief Corporate Officer said that the company is on course to invest over £1.8 billion this year, and emphasised digital innovation as a key part of ScottishPower’s long-term business objectives.

“Smart metering will revolutionise the way our customers consume and monitor their own energy use, empowering them to make real behaviour changes and identify savings.”

“This contract award is a significant moment for ScottishPower in the delivery of Smart meters for millions of people across the UK. There is a significant challenge to support climate change targets and we are determined to offer all our customers a smart meter by the end of 2020, meeting the UK Government’s deadline.”

“It is crucial however that the significant investment we are making is supported by the Government-appointed Data Communications Company, which has been tasked with delivering the necessary infrastructure for the new meters on time and to scope, enabling them to operate effectively across the energy market.”