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