Essen, Germany, April 23, 2012 —E.ON UK selected Elster as its smart metering 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 U.K. 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 U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has set out the overall strategy and timetable for the installation of 53 million smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses across the U.K.
The foundation stage, which runs through to the time when the Data and Communications Co. 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 smart meters across the country so far. E.ON will install one million smart meters during the foundation period, which runs until 2014.