Which energy companies are doing smart meters?

The smart meter rollout is well underway and a greater number of energy suppliers are offering up installations.

But it can be quite confusing knowing exactly what you are in for when you sign up to receive a smart meter.

We have put together a comprehensive guide so you know what is happening with your supplier:

Which suppliers are rolling out smart meters?

If you would like to get a smart meter, these are the suppliers rolling them out so far and the type(s) that they are currently offering.

British Gas

British Gas are rolling out both SMETS1 and SMETS2 – which you’ll get depends on where you live.

Bristol Energy

Bristol Energy are rolling out SMETS1 for people who ‘urgently need one’. They will be rolling out SMETs2 later in the year.

Bulb

Bulb refused to install SMETS1 because they didn’t agree with them but are now rolling out SMETS2.

Co-operative Energy

Co-operative Energy are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2.

Ecotricity

Ecotricity is rolling out SMETS1 and SMETS2 depending on where you live.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy have started rolling out SMETS2.

EON

EON is rolling out SMETS2.

Green Network Energy

Green Network Energy is rolling out SMETS2.

Green Star

Green Star is rolling out SMETS2.

Igloo Energy

Igloo have started asking customers if they would like a SMETS2.

Lumo

Lumo is rolling out SMETS2.

Nabuh Energy

Nabuh Energy is rolling out SMETS1.

Npower

Npower have started rolling out SMETS2.

Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy are still rolling out SMETS1 for people with additional needs (such as people who are not able to read their meter). They are experiencing a shortage of SMETS2 from their manufacturer so have had to suspend their SMETS2 smart meter bookings for the time being.

OVO Energy

OVO have started rolling out SMETS2.

Pure Planet

Pure Planet have started rolling out SMETS2

Scottish Power

Scottish Power are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2.

Shell Energy

Shell Energy are rolling out SMETS2 meters.

Simplicity

Simplicity are rolling out SMETS1.

Spark Energy

Spark Energy are rolling out SMETS2.

SSE

SSE are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2.

Tonik Energy

Tonik Energy are rolling out SMETS2 meters.

Toto Energy

Toto Energy are rolling out SMETS2 meters.

Utilita

Utilita are still rolling out SMETS1.

Utility Warehouse

Utility Warehouse are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2.

Can I switch when I already have a smart meter?

The short answer is, it depends on the type of meter and on the supplier.

Which suppliers can support your existing smart meter when you switch?

Suppliers who might support SMETS1   
Bristol Energy
British Gas
Co-operative Energy
Ecotricity
EDF
EON
Nabuh Energy
Npower
Octopus Energy
OVO Energy
Scottish Power
Shell Energy (formerly First Utility)
Simplicity
SSE
Tonik Energy
Utilita
Suppliers who might support SMETS2   
British Gas
Bulb
Co-operative Energy
EDF
EON
Green Network Energy
Green Star
Igloo Energy
Lumo
Npower
OVO Energy
Pure Planet
Scottish Power
Shell Energy (formerly First Utility)
Spark Energy
SSE
Tonik Energy
TOTO Energy
Utility Warehouse

Suppliers in the first table are installing or have at some point installed SMETs1 meters meaning there is a chance that they will still be able to support your SMETS1 meter when you switch.

Again, it all depends on the manufacturer so it is worth ringing them to check first if it is important to you that your smart meter stays smart.

To the best of our knowledge, you can assume that all other suppliers will not be able to support your SMETS1 meter until the end of 2019 when they all connect to the DCC network.

When we spoke to the suppliers in the second column, they informed us that it may take a little time for your smart meter to be fully active but for all intents and purposes, your smart meter should continue to work when you switch.

As you may have already worked out, these suppliers are already rolling out SMETS2 which is why they are able to support them when you switch to them with an existing SMETS2 in your home.

Finally, if you already have a SMETS1 meter installed, it’s unlikely that a supplier will allow you to get a SMETS2.

Should I get a smart meter?

Read our blog here to find out all the advantages and disadvantages of smart meters.