Project checking accuracy of UK electricity meters complete

A project which looked into whether electricity meters in the UK are reading accurately has been completed. In September 2013, the National Measurement and Regulation Office, now part of Regulatory […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A project which looked into whether electricity meters in the UK are reading accurately has been completed.

In September 2013, the National Measurement and Regulation Office, now part of Regulatory Delivery (RD) which is a directorate of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, signed up to participate in a European joint project for the market surveillance of electricity meters.

The RD brings together policy expertise and practical experience to ensure regulation is effectively delivered in ways that reduce burden on businesses and save public money.

A total of 22 different types of meters from 12 EU states were tested.

There are currently an estimated 28 million electricity meters in use in the UK and the European Commission estimates 14 million meters are sold annually across the EU.

The figure is expected to rise as a result of UK and European countries rolling out smart meters.

Under the European Measuring Instruments Directive (MID), new electricity meters can be approved and put into use anywhere in the EU.

The UK used the results from other member states in the project to assess a larger number of different meter types, any one of which could be installed in households.

The RD stated: “All the participants have now finished testing the meters. The electricity meters passed the tests and were found to be operating accurately in the required conditions.

“Consumers can be confident that new meters being installed in their properties conform to the legislation and register their electricity usage accurately.”