Mar 27, 2023

British Gas, Scottish Power and Ovo dominated forced installations

Three energy firms accounted for the majority of forced prepayment meter installations last year, according to government figures. British Gas, Scottish Power and Ovo Energy made up 70% of all forced installations, the data showed. It's often a shorter process for those happy to have a smart meter installed instead as companies may feel more confident customers will pay as the smart meter could be flipped back into prepayment mode. The figures from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero showed that Centrica-owned British Gas installed 25,000 prepayment meters under warrant last year, Scottish Power installed 24,320 and OVO 16,867. "The stress, anxiety and hardship often caused by forced prepayment meter installations cannot be overestimated.

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