UK Power Networks has become the second Distribution Network Operator to secure Ofgem approval to access smart meter data for households and small businesses in its patch, after the regulator approved its data security plan.
Energy Minister Claire Perry has praised OVO Energy's electric vehicle offering - enabled by smart meters - for rewarding off-peak energy use.
ZIV has been awarded a contract for the supply of smart electricity meters to Dutch distribution company Enexis Netbeheer.
Northern Powergrid has unveiled a programme that aims to use smart meter data to transform the way electricity losses can be identified and tackled.
Domestic smart meter installations by large suppliers continued to gather pace over second quarter of 2017 - reaching 1.058 million in the three months to the end of June.
The Energy Networks Association has published a roadmap outlining the key steps in the introduction of the distribution system operator (DSO) model for local power networks.
"A host of new players" in the power system pose a risk to its stability if government does not act to help co-ordinate their integration, experts have warned.
"On balance, I would predict that ED2 will be somewhat shorter than ED1," the chief executive of UK Power Networks (UKPN) has said.
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