Smart Electricity Meters

The upgrade programme

As part of the National Climate Action Plan, ESB Networks is replacing 2.4 million analogue electricity meters with next generation smart meters.

This new technology enables Ireland to move to a low-carbon, smart grid which benefits customers, the economy and the environment.

The smarter meter

From 2021, smart meters will send detailed electricity readings accurately and automatically. This means that you’ll no longer have to read your meter or worry about estimated bills.

With the new smart energy dashboard, you’ll be able to see when you’re using the most electricity. You can also opt-in to personalised tips, so you can discover ways to reduce your bills and your carbon footprint.

Smarter services

Coming in January 2021

  • Accurate and automatic meter reads
  • Time of use plans with cheaper greener electricity at night when demand is lower
  • Personalised tips and usage trends
  • Plus lots more…

To be first in line for these features, make sure you have an online account.

Create an online account

To find out when smart meters are coming to your area, check with ESB Networks.

Ireland’s smart grid

As well as enabling solar PV and wind microgeneration, smart meters enable homes and business to connect to the smart grid.

This provides vital information to ESB Networks and EirGrid, making sure Ireland’s energy is as stable and sustainable as possible.

Business Customers

Coming in January 2021

  • Bring the benefits of interval meters to your business
  • Accurate and automatic 30 minute readings 
  • Detailed graphs and consumption data
  • Plus lots more…

Sign up to Business Online to make sure your business is first in line for these new features.

Create your business online account

To find out when smart meters are coming to your area, check with ESB Networks.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Smart Meters?

Smart Meters are the next generation of electricity meters. Using digital technology and the 2G mobile phone network, the smart meter will give you access to accurate information on your energy usage throughout the day.

From 2021, electricity supply companies will begin to offer new smart products and services which will enable you to shift some of your consumption to times of the day when electricity is cheaper.

2. Why are all meters being replaced?

Smart meters are the next generation electricity meters and will replace older mechanical meters. When fully operational, smart meters will bring benefits to the consumer, the environment and the economy.

With smart meters, there will be no need for estimated bills. You will be able to access the information you need to make more informed choices about your consumption and tariffs. Accurate information about energy usage across the day will allow you to manage your bills with greater accuracy.

The environment will benefit because smart metering will encourage energy efficiency and support an increase in renewable power on the electricity system. The upgrade program will help to cut CO2 emissions and lower Ireland’s costly reliance on fossil fuel imports.

The economy will benefit because using smart meters will help us to more efficiently manage energy flow at times of high demand. They will also enhance competition and improve consumer experience, customer choice and the range of products and services available.

3. Who will carry out the replacement work?

The meter replacement will be carried out by ESB Networks or a company working on behalf of ESB Networks.

4. How much is this programme costing?

The replacement of over 2 million electricity meters with the next generation electricity meter over a six-year period will cost some €1.2bn. Like other infrastructure upgrades, the cost of the meter upgrade will be recouped over time in charges paid for use of the electricity network which means there is no upfront charge to have a smart meter installed. The Commission for Regulation of Utilities has done extensive analysis of the plan and is satisfied that the investment involved represents value for money.

5. Will every home get a meter upgrade?

Yes. Eventually every mechanical meter will be upgraded to a smart meter.

6. When will I get a smart meter?

The replacement program will start in autumn 2019 and continue until the end of 2024. ESB Networks will carry out this work on an area by area basis and a detailed rollout plan is currently being developed. While the initial focus will be on the oldest meters, ESB Networks intend to include an option for customers to apply through your electricity supplier or ESB Networks for a prioritised installation of a smart meter. ESB Networks will give everyone plenty of notice about when they are coming to your area to replace meters.

7. How do I get a Smart Meter? (Early Adopter)

ESB Networks oversee the deployment of all smart meters. All queries relating to early registrations for smart meters are being directly dealt with by ESB Networks. You can contact them on 1800 928 123 or 01 698 5005, and they will be able to look after you.