COVID-19 Halts Smart Meter Rollouts

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By Harriet Sumnall | 2Q 2020 | IN-5786


All Non-Urgent Installation Plans Paused Due to COVID-19


The global pandemic that is currently taking place is causing several disruptions for current plans for smart meter rollouts. Many countries, the United Kingdom included, are practicing social distancing procedures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and therefore future non-essential work is currently being put to a halt.

Wessex Water is currently not accepting new applications from customers to switch to smart water meters and has temporarily put the installation of those who have already applied for a new meter on hold, so that it can ensure the complete safety of its staff and installation teams. It’s not only water utilities that are making these decisions, as Energy UK also confirms that its members have halted all non-urgent smart meter installations.

Causing Implications for Utilities


Though there are currently hundreds of thousands of smart meters in the United Kingdom, the disruption to rollouts means that utility and meter Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) are going to ha…

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