By Nicholas Nhede
According to data released by UK IT service management firm Electralink, the country’s smart meter installation dropped by 27% in 2020 compared to 2019 as a result of COVID-19.
The UK installed only 1.997 million SMETS1, SMETS2 or non-SMETS smart meters in 2020, marking the lowest number of installed units since 2016.
The first national lockdown had the biggest impact on the country’s smart meter rollout plan as installations were postponed.
The first quarter of 2020 saw a decrease of 15% in installations compared to the same period in 2019.
However, despite COVID-19, installations in the UK have been dropping since 2018, according to Electralink.
Smart meter installations only commenced in June 2020 after the government lifted some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. This allowed smart energy experts to install meters with safety protocols in place.
Installations increased by 7% in November 2020 compared to September.
The slowdown of non-urgent installations in December 2020 saw 172,000 units being installed across England, Scotland and Wales. This is 25% less than November 2020 and brought the overall cumulative total to 14.7 million installations since the program began.
East England topped the charts with 23,000 installations in December, followed by Southern England with 22,000 and 17,000 in the East Midlands.
This article was originally posted on Smart Energy International and was republished with permission.