To get the full benefits of smart meters, the government has decided that there should be one new unified smart meter data network. This makes smart meters work more effectively with all energy suppliers, improving the efficiency of the grid and helping us all to cut carbon emissions.
Once your SMETS1 smart meter has been updated to this single network, you’ll also be able to switch suppliers without your meter losing its smart features.
Smart meters automatically send meter readings to your energy supplier. This means your bills are more accurate, and you can see how much energy you’re using online – or on your In-Home Display (IHD).
If your meter is dormant (not sending any readings), then it should become ‘active’ after the update, which means it will automatically start sending meter readings to us. It’s totally secure and works in the same way for every supplier.
Yes, your data is safe. The Data Communications Company (DCC) is responsible for protecting your data. Their network has the highest security standards, reviewed by the National Cyber Security Centre.
This update doesn’t change the way we use your smart meter data either. We’ll still be the only people that can see how much energy you’re using, and when you’re using it. And we can only see your data with your approval. Read more about our data security, here.
The Data Communications Company (DCC) will update all SMETS1 meters. The DCC is licensed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to build and maintain the UK’s wireless national smart meter network. This network connects smart meters with energy suppliers and network operators – and it’s endorsed by the National Cyber Security Centre.
The DCC will try to fix the issue again. They might try several times, for up to 12 months, until it works – and we'll let you know when that happens. If the DCC can’t complete the update, we'll contact you to get a new (SMETS2) smart meter installed.
This update isn’t optional because all SMETS1 meters need to be updated and connected to the Data Communications Company (DCC) by summer 2021. It’s a government initiative so everyone has to do it – not just OVO members.