E.ON UK has selected Elster as its partner for the first phase of its dual-fuel smart metering rollout. E.ON will deploy up to 100,000 Elster smart meters in residential properties by the end of 2012, with up to 200,000 more being installed in 2013 under the terms of a two-year contract.
The deployment includes Elster's AS300P electricity smart meter with its modular communications hub, and the BK-G4E gas smart meter, to help E.ON meet its commitment to install one million smart meters across the UK by 2014.
Elster designed its BK-G4E and AS300P meters specifically to support tailored solutions for utilities working to comply with the European directive for smart gas and electricity metering. The meters are interoperable by design, meet the latest industry standards for data privacy and security and provide customers with the most up-to-date technology to protect against fraud and tampering.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has set out the overall strategy and timetable for the installation of 53 million Smart Meters in 30 million homes and businesses across the UK. The foundation stage, which runs through to the time when the Data and Communications Company (DCC) is delivered, and precedes the start of the formal mandate, will allow all participants – energy companies and suppliers, government, consumer groups and other interested bodies – to prepare their processes and systems, and begin to deploy meters to prove their readiness for the mass rollout.
E.ON began installing smart meters in spring 2011 and has installed over 100,000 meters across the country so far.