Balt­in­glass to be one of first towns to have new ESB smart me­ters in­stalled

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Balt­in­glass will be one of the first towns in Ire­land to re­ceive new smart me­ters. ESB Net­works has an­nounced it will be­gin the roll-out of their me­ter up­grade pro­gramme from Septem­ber with 20,000 me­ters ex­pected to be in­stalled by the end of the year in se­lected towns and vil­lages across the coun­try. ESB Net­works plans to re­place 250,000 me­ters be­tween au­tumn 2019 and the end of 2020, with a fur­ther 500,000 me­ters each year from 2021 to 2024.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ESB Net­works will contact cus­tomers in Balt­in­glass di­rectly to ar­range ap­point­ment times to re­place elec­tric­ity me­ters.

Wel­com­ing the roll­out, Minister for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment Richard Bru­ton T.D. said, “These new smart me­ters are an im­por­tant step in our over­all drive to switch to renewable en­ergy sources and de-car­bonise our elec­tric­ity sup­ply. We now have a plan in place to rad­i­cally re­duce our carbon emis­sions. These new me­ters will en­able home­own­ers to make smarter choices to meet their needs, while saving money on their elec­tric­ity bills and re­duc­ing their im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. The saving in carbon emis­sions associated with the homes’ elec­tric­ity use could also be very sig­nif­i­cant.”

The new smart me­ters will also be in­stalled in towns in­clud­ing Port­laoise, Por­tar­ling­ton, Mount­mel­lick Abbeyleix, Dur­row, Strad­bally, Cas­tle­d­er­mot, Athy, Kil­cullen, Ban­don, Mac­room, Clon­akilty and Kin­sale. ESB Net­works is car­ry­ing out the up­grade pro­gramme on be­half of the Com­mis­sion for the Reg­u­la­tion of Util­i­ties, co-op­er­at­ing closely with the Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment, the Sus­tain­able En­ergy Au­thor­ity of Ire­land and with all elec­tric­ity sup­ply com­pa­nies.

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