So this will be why neither Smart Metering Services or Octopus are calling me back then ......
I am in the middle of switch to Octopus (from EDF). I have SMETS2 meters installed and the information I have from Octopus Energy is that they are continuing to install SMETS2 meters ( though there could be constraints in specific regions) and provide Agile and Go tariffs over SMETS2. The reasons I am moving is to use Go (instead of Eco-7) and Octopus Outgoing Agile for export, as I already have SMETS2. I have had discussions on feasibility of this setup with Octopus and it is after their assurances that I am proceeding.I can confirm that Octopus have put SMETS-2 on hold for now. They told me this when I asked about switching to the GO tariff.
Looks like working smart meters are still a way off.
What a mess.
We can install a smart meter for customers looking to switch to this tariff who don't have one already. If you don’t have one, you can sign up to any of our existing tariffs which don’t require a smart meter, and get you onto the Go tariff when that’s been installed. ...
Please note that our smart meter installation process has been put on hold since we intend to start rolling out the second generation of smart meters soon, which means your meters will be compatible with all suppliers and you do not need to worry about getting another smart meter if you change suppliers. We are doing some tests now, but as soon as we start enrolling SMETS 2 we can let you know
I think Octopus are still installing SMETS1 meters for customers who push for it and aren't willing to wait for a SMETS2, though they're reluctant to unless you ask as it doesn't count towards smart meter installation targets unless it's a SMETS2.Jun 18th I was advised that they were hoping to arrange something in a couple of weeks but unable to advise exact date.
Occurs to me now this may or may not be SMETS2 so asked for clarification.
I am not suggesting a supplier monoply for UK as downsides too, just that it seems to have been a lot easier to deploy Smart meters where FPL had one.There is no need for a "supply monopoly" to sort out this mess with metering, we only need a system when a single company is responsible for all metering in an area. It would also save lots of money.
Octopus blogs report on their battle with the problems of SMETS2, which is definitely still "bleeding edge" technology. What may cause different experience for different customers is that meters North of the Midlands are connected to a separate network, which seems to occasion a different set of problems to those encountered in down south. My impression is that Octopus have successfully installed quite a number of meters in the southern half of the country, but really struggle to install one "up north" (which includes your's truly). I think SMETS2 is a classic example of government IT rollout. After spending whole days trying to install down south they've just about got the hang of it, but the whole learning curve has to be climbed again before they can put mine in.I am in the middle of switch to Octopus (from EDF). I have SMETS2 meters installed and the information I have from Octopus Energy is that they are continuing to install SMETS2 meters ( though there could be constraints in specific regions) and provide Agile and Go tariffs over SMETS2. The reasons I am moving is to use Go (instead of Eco-7) and Octopus Outgoing Agile for export, as I already have SMETS2. I have had discussions on feasibility of this setup with Octopus and it is after their assurances that I am proceeding.
My switch will be completed later in Jun and I can provide an update once the Go and Outgoing Agile are setup. The outgoing also involves a change of FIT registration, so could take a bit more longer! I expect some teething problems, however, considering the fact that my energy readings are flowing half-hourly to EDF through intermediaries, I don't see too much of an issue!
You got lucky. There is an active drive by Octopus to drag users onto the GO tariff.An update from end on Octopus move.
To recollect, I was on EDF and had my SMETS2 installed by EDF. I moved to Octopus so that I can use Octopus Go and Octopus Outgoing.
The move was completed on Jul 2nd. The Smart meters got configured to Octopus Energy on Jul 2nd, with my in-home-display and smart meters showing Octopus interim tariffs. I got an update this morning that they are receiving my half-hourly readings. I will be moved to Octopus Go from tonight!
Least to say, I am quite impressed with the efficiency! I might have got lucky! Great to know when the system works, it is indeed a smooth switching process.