British Gas chooses German company Elster for smart meter rollout
UK utility British Gas has chosen German company Elster as preferred provider for its initial smart meter rollouts over the next two years.
Under the terms of the deal, Elster would provide British Gas with its dual protocol WAN’ AS330 electricity meters and BK-G4E gas meters. Landis+Gyr is also one of British Gas’s preferred providers of smart meters.
“This deal means we have another smart meter supplier helping us put our customers in control,” says Dean Keeling of British Gas’s smart homes business. “Their secure, reliable and interoperable dual fuel, ‘dual protocol WAN’ solution provides us with further capacity in our supply chain.”
According to the Energy Saving Trust, smart meters could help UK households save up to 10% a year on their energy bills, reducing costs by over £100.
The previous UK government set a deadline of installing smart meters in all the country’s homes and businesses by 2020, a process that the current Coalition now wants to accelerate.