2020 Smart Energy Predictions

We spoke to three thought leaders in the energy and technology sector to find out what 2020 held for smart energy in the UK.

Simon Markall, Head of Public Affairs and Engagement at Energy UK, David Crawford, Managing Director at Arqiva and Ross Catley, Chief Technology Officer at the DCC, all shared their thoughts on how the DCC’s network will help Britain become greener and more connected in 2020.


“If 2019 was the year where the smart meter programme really achieved lift-off, 2020 is set to be a really transformative year for the ecosystem.”

David: Having hit the 3 million meter mark in early December, and over 500 million messages transmitted across the network, the true benefits of second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters will start to be felt during the course of the next 12 months. The roll out of functionality-rich SMETS2 meters, combined with an ever-increasing awareness of environmental issues across society, will result in 2020 being the year where smart meter installations really take off. 

Ross: By the end of 2020 millions of UK homes will have smart meters – therefore smart meters will become the norm for everyone accessing energy and will create a critical mass for innovators of services on top of smart metering.

“If we’re all to make major changes to help contribute to Net Zero, the easiest thing to do is to get a smart meter fitted.”

Simon: Over the next year, I hope that more people will see the benefits to the wider UK in taking up a smart meter, as well as the benefits to their own lives. I’ll admit, although it seems like a small benefit, I’ve noticed a difference in no longer having to submit my own meter reading since having my smart meter fitted.

Ross: On the climate change agenda, 2020 will see an acceleration of Time of Use tariffs and Vehicle to Grid offerings, and the start of gradual adoption of connected smart devices that will use these tariffs and intelligent home energy.  This in turn will start to see a reduction in peak demand, which is an important part of reducing carbon emissions from electricity production. Smart metering will play a key role in the introduction of time of use tariffs, and smarter home electricity usage.

“The next big change from smart meters will be how the data used can help to better provide social care.”

Simon: The country is currently going through a serious challenge to deliver social care, and smart meters seem to have the potential to provide data that means care can be better targeted, as well as helping to understand individual patients’ needs. This will obviously need to be done with the patient’s full support, but it is another example of how the future of energy, data and smart meters is about more than just keeping the lights on.